DUP head: Talks with UK Conservatives going well

British PM May

The Tories need the support of 10 DUP MPs to form the government in the United Kingdom after they failed to win a majority in the general elections.

The DUP is expected to make a better economic deal for Northern Ireland the central factor for any deal, officially referred to as a "confidence and supply deal".

Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds entered Downing Street at around 12:40 p.m. (1140 GMT, 7:40 a.m. EDT).

Talks between the two parties continued today amid reports any announcement of a deal may now be postponed because of the tragic fire.

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce has not changed, but May has recognised that a broader consensus needs to be built for Brexit and has made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

She made a self-depreciating joke after John Bercow was re-elected as the Speaker, quipping: "At least someone got a landslide".

The start of parliament has been delayed since last Thursday's election, a gamble May took to strengthen her hand in talks to leave the European Union but which has left her scrambling for a deal with the eurosceptic DUP to keep her in power. Instead, she found the opposition Labour Party unexpectedly making a strong second-place showing and national politics thrown into disarray. Ms Foster said she hoped a deal could be done "sooner rather than later".

May told the first post-election session of the lower house that she had discussed the DUP talks with her cabinet.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out of it", May told her party MPs. And - while they may be rescheduled - Brexit talks are technically meant to begin in just five days' time.

But May appears to be motivated by her desire to guarantee a majority in Parliament for a Queen's Speech - a key event in the parliamentary calendar in which the government lays out its policy agenda for the coming year.

"The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone", he said.

Same-sex marriage campaigners in Northern Ireland have urged thousands of people to take to the streets in protest against the DUP.

"Ruth Davidson has been very clear on that, she actually went out to Northern Ireland and set that out, so they can't be in any doubt where they stand on these issues".

Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.

Some observers have maintained that a deal with the DUP risks destabilising Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists.

Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.

Both London and Dublin must "recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement" if power sharing at Stormont is to be re-established, she said.

The stakes for May are high. If that happens, Corbyn will demand a chance to try to form a government by uniting progressive factors in the House of Commons.

William Hague, a former leader of the Conservative Party, called for business groups and lawmakers from all parties to be brought in to agree a national position on Brexit.

But some opposition politicians say that May can no longer stick to her stance for a clean break with the European Union, characterizing her election bid as a poor gamble that has left Britain a laughing stock.

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