PRESS REVIEW: DUP says it will form government with Theresa May/The EU will force a humiliated Theresa May to explain her intentions at a face-to-face meeting in Brussels
PRESS REVIEW 9 JUNE – BBC: Theresa May to seek to form UK government; The Independent: DUP says it will form government with Theresa May; The Guardian: ‘Yet another own goal’ – EU points to Brexit breakdown after UK election, European diplomats and politicians fear hung parliament and weak prime minister are ‘disaster’ that threaten negotiations.
The Independent: DUP says it will form government with Theresa May with no need for formal coalition
‘We would consider a supply and confidence arrangement to make sure Theresa May would have sufficient support to keep her in government,’ says DUP MP. The Democratic Unionist Party has said it will form a government with Theresa May’s Conservatives without the need for a formal coalition deal.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister will visit the Queen at around 12:30pm to inform her a deal will be put in place.
Despite failing to secure a Commons majority and mounting calls from both Labour and Tory figures for Ms May to step aside, the Conservative party has carried out extensive talks with the DUP throughout the night.
The DUP, who are the largest unionist political party in Northern Ireland, said their desire to form a coalition with Ms May is driven by concerns about Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.
Although no party has an overall majority, the Conservatives remain the largest party with 318 seats so far while Labour currently have 261 – with 326 required for a majority and just one seat left to be called.
But with the general election delivering a hung parliament – a result few expected – the DUP has been catapulted into a position of surprising power and influence despite being one of the smaller parties in the Commons.
UK election result: Britain is set to have a hung parliament with no party getting a clear majority. Brexit talks could be delayed
The Northern Irish party, who are arguably the most socially conservative party in Britain, said they would consider coming to a “confidence and supply” agreement. This means they will cease to reach a formal coalition but provide support in the House of Commons.
BBC: Theresa May to seek to form UK government
Theresa May will visit Buckingham Palace at 12:30 BST to seek permission to form a new UK government, despite losing her Commons majority. She is seeking to stay in office on the understanding that the Democratic Unionists of Northern Ireland will support her minority administration.
With one seat left to declare, the Tories are eight seats short of the 326 figure needed to command a majority. Jeremy Corbyn has urged her to quit, saying Labour is „ready to serve”.
After a disappointing night for the Conservatives, Theresa May faces ending up with 12 fewer seats than when she called the election and will need the support of other parties to govern. The Tories are forecast to end up with 319 seats ahead of Labour on 261, the SNP 35 and the Lib Dems on 12. The DUP won 10 seats. Combined, the Tories and the DUP would have 329 MPs in the Commons.
Given the seven Sinn Fein MPs are unlikely to take their seats, such an alliance would enjoy a slightly larger working majority but short of that which Mrs May enjoyed before the election.
The Guardian: ‘Yet another own goal’ – EU points to Brexit breakdown after UK election. European diplomats and politicians fear hung parliament and weak prime minister are ‘disaster’ that threaten negotiations
The EU will force a humiliated Theresa May to explain her intentions at a face-to-face meeting in Brussels as senior diplomats and politicians warned the hung parliament resulting from the UK election was an “own goal” and a “disaster” that hugely increases the chance of Brexit talks breaking down.
The result is likely to delay the point at which Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has someone with whom to negotiate. Sources said a meeting of the European council on 22 June was the EU27’s new deadline for wanting to know the prime minister’s plans.
Donald Tusk, the council president, reminded London on Friday that while the start of Brexit negotiations may now be delayed because of the election result, the date by which they must be concluded remains fixed: with article 50 already triggered, the clock is ticking on the two years allowed under the Lisbon treaty.
“We don’t know when Brexit talks start,” Tusk tweeted. “We know when they must end. Do your best to avoid a ‘no deal’ as result of ‘no negotiations.” Barnier also tweeted that “the timetable and EU positions are clear” and Brexit should start “when the UK is ready”.