Doubts over Theresa May's grip on power as DUP deal talks continue

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech during an election campaign visit to Langton Rugby Club in Stoke-on-Trent

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UK Prime Minister May was clinging to power after losing her parliamentary majority in last Thursday's election, as an agreement with the minority Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that would keep the Conservatives in power was still not finalised. Conservative Party loyalists urged her to change her leadership style, while critics talked about her days being numbered."Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

If May is to honour the wish of the 52 % of voters who opted past year to take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to bridge the differences within her party.

The DUP won 10 seats, which would mean the Conservatives would have support from a majority of 328 deputies if they confirm the confidence-and-supply arrangement with the DUP. Labour, the main opposition party, won 262.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

The Westminster chaos sparked bookies to slash the odds on there being a second general election this year down to just 11/10. She's now attempting to form a government.

May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government.

A confidence and supply deal differs from a coalition government in that it is an agreement whereby a smaller party will support a larger party in motions of confidence and budget votes.

"The talks so far have been positive".

The talks were in line with DUP leader Arlene Foster's "commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", her party said in a statement.

The DUP is strongly opposed to single-sex marriage and abortion, at odds with Conservative policies.

A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May.

"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.

But lawmaker Brady said Britain had no alternative to a Conservative-DUP deal, other than a new election, which he said the public did not want.

Her Downing Street office initially announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" had been agreed with the DUP, only for the DUP to contradict that account hours later.

Some market participants say sterling's slump has been tempered by expectations from some investors that the government may pursue a softer stance on Brexit and even increase spending to assuage an austerity-weary electorate.

"The new Cabinet obviously will meet early next week, our view of Brexit I don't think has changed", British Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon told the BBC, adding that he believe the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans. I think she will have to go, unfortunately.

However, it's not just the support of another party May needs to ensure.

"If we are not European Union members there will have to be an arrangement - we want a tariff-free access to European Union market." he said.

She said Labour had to be ready for another election "at any time" and warned the party not to "rest on its laurels", saying it had to work on how to win back more seats from the Conservatives.

The Sunday newspapers carried reports that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was set to launch a bid to oust her, although he dismissed them as "tripe".

"Folks we need to calm down and get behind the prime minister", Johnson said, according to a screenshot of a WhatsApp group text message to Conservative lawmakers posted by an ITV news reporter on Twitter.

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