British PM Theresa May says she has no intention of resigning

British PM Theresa May says she has no intention of resigning

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.

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labor 261.

Mrs May's own party members also turned their fury on her.

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"As more results started to come through, it became clear that we were the party that had won most seats and most votes and felt it was incumbent on us at a critical time in our the country to form a government in the national interest", she said.

Stressing that her party had won the maximum votes and emerged as the single largest party, she claimed that only the Tories can provide the "certainty" needed to guide the country through crucial Brexit talks that begins with the European Union on June 19.

But the DUP added: 'Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new Parliament'.

The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.

While the Conservatives gained seats in Scotland, they failed to capitalise as much as they had hoped for from the collapse of support for the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

DUP leader Arlene Foster wants to avoid a hard border with Ireland and has spoken against a "hard Brexit".

May called a snap election in April, three years early, in what she said was an attempt to strengthen her mandate ahead of negotiations with the European Union about the British exit from the bloc.

"In terms of Brexit, this is potentially very significant", he said.

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Ms Davidson told the BBC: "I was fairly straightforward with her (Mrs May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party".

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Chancellor Philip Hammond, meanwhile, is reported to have told the Prime Minister that she needed to put "jobs first" in negotiating a new deal with Brussels, in comments seen as a coded attack on her focus on controlling immigration.

"I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister.

Ms May is relying on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs to form government.

"I'm very happy about that". There isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party, the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams poured scorn on the likely deal between the DUP and the Tories.

"I think we need a change".

"If any of that is a condition of confidence and supply it simply won't work". And the relationship between the Conservatives and its minority government partner, the Democratic Unionist Party, also remains unclear.

The Jeremy Corbyn led Opposition Labour party performed better than most forecast, making considerable gains from the Tories to end up at 262 MPs. This is still on.

Labour's next big push will come during the Queen's Speech on June 19 which will herald the opening of a new parliament in the United Kingdom and will contain a new budget as well as the program of government.

"There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way".