Theresa May confirms she will stay as Britain's prime minister


May remains in 10 Downing Street with a much diminished power base after her Conservative party fell short of an overall majority in the House of Commons, the lower house of the UK Parliament, as the general election results threw up a hung Parliament yesterday.

The DUP statement put Downing Street on the back foot, prompting a carefully worded response in the early hours of Sunday.

Many critics, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, have expressed concerns over the DUP's stances against gay marriage and abortion, among other issues.

But the PM faced mounting calls from within her own party to resign, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claiming he should be allowed to form a minority administration after making significant gains.

"I don't think there is any great appetite either for a leadership contest or, the public will be relieved to hear, for a general election", he added.

This would give the Tories the numbers to pass a Queen's Speech on Monday 19 June, which will set out their legislative agenda. "We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar", she said in comments reported by Sky News.

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This is expected to have an impact on the Brexit negotiations, which are due to open with the European Union on June 19. We want to end austerity and invest in this country and that's what we're going to do.

Labour will also be pushing for more public spending on social welfare, free university education and higher taxes for the richest one percent.

"The irony of this is that Theresa May is calling this a certainty government and talking about how it's delivering certainty", said Brian Klaas, a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics. "He's in a permanent leadership campaign so I am not sure it qualifies as news", he said.

Signed by 574,787people at the time of writing, the petition also calls for Theresa May to resign after she lost her parliamentary majority. The DUP, although it wants to leave the European Union, will insist on keeping the single market that allows the free flow of goods across the UK's border with Ireland. The policy essentially means the United Kingdom would withdraw from the European Union single market and limit the ability of EU citizens to live and work freely within the country.

Prime minister Theresa May has confirmed she has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionist party and asked the nation to let her get to work. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall resigned after just six months in the job, following his party's dismal performance. "It's an issue that's very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurance from the prime minister on - and I received".

Analysts say May's electoral debacle could reopen what had seemed largely a closed debate - both with pro-EU members of Parliament trying to take advantage of the prime minister's weakness and Euro-skeptic government ministers threatening her if she dares water down a Brexit deal.