Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson is in Belfast for talks with DUP

Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson is in Belfast for talks with DUP

Prime Minister Theresa May had sent Gavin Williamson, her chief whip, to Belfast to lead talks with the party's officials.

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The UK Labour party, led from the left by Jeremy Corbyn, had been written off as a political force by numerous country's political pundits.

The DUP are also scheduled to restart talks with Irish nationalists Sinn Fein to establish a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland by the June 29 deadline.

Amid reports senior Tories were sounding out potential replacements for Mrs May, prominent Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the Prime Minister had six months at most left in Downing Street.

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The timing is challenging, with Britain due to start negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union with the bloc's 27 other members on June 19.

Ms Sturgeon appealed for MPs of all parties to "join together to keep the United Kingdom and Scotland in the European single market".

But there were early signs that without a parliamentary majority, a weakened May could not count on all of her party's lawmakers to support her approach.

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"This is not the time for sharks to be circling. If we make a mistake that leads to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell getting their hands on power, this country will turn into Venezuela", he added.

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"May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

"I just can't see how she can continue in any long-term way".

"Get yourself and your mates down to Downing Street tonight and let her know we don't want her anymore". We should remember this was, as you said at the beginning, a snap election.

The DUP's demands are likely to be similar to a list it published before the 2015 general election, where the Conservatives ultimately secured a majority and did not need DUP support.

On Sunday, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon was careful to state that the British Conservative party was not seeking a formal coalition with the DUP.

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, tweeted a link to a speech she had made about same-sex marriage - something the DUP opposes.

But the Protestant DUP was founded to defend Northern Ireland's place in Britain against demands by Catholic republicans for a united Ireland. As one teaching student at the University of London told VOA, "I think most of us here were against Brexit a year ago".

Meanwhile, a buoyant Corbyn was insisting he saw a route for Labour to form a government, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament given the electoral arithmetic.

Many, including outgoing Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, fear negotiations between Theresa May and the DUP will greatly complicate matters in Northern Ireland.

When asked about the possibility of adopting a more reconciliatory relationship with his detractors in Parliament, Corbyn told Marr he would be very receptive to such opportunities.

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