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UK Conservatives Not Adopting DUP Views on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

12 June 2017

A former Conservative rival condemned British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday as a "dead woman walking" as she raced to secure the support she needs to stay in power following a disastrous election. All the most senior ministers - including Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Transport Minister Chris Grayling and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - kept their jobs and there were few changes in the Cabinet lineup.

The DUP wants no extension to Northern Ireland's limitations on terminations, which restrict the procedure to when a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.

Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

On Sunday, though, prominent euro-skeptic Tory lawmaker Bernard Jenkin said his pro-EU colleagues should "shut up" and stop trying to overturn the Brexit referendum.

As rumours swirled about plots to oust May, Johnson denied he was planning a leadership challenge. But Johnson said he backed May. He told Mrs May he would only agree to serve in her cabinet if she gave him more influence over the withdrawal negotiations, according to one person familiar with the matter who declined to be named citing confidential discussions.

The Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats in last Thursday's election, eight short of an outright majority.

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"Ironically, the Prime Minister is the one political leader who understands this division, and who has been working to address it since she became Prime Minister last July, " he said.

For many Northern Irish people, waking up (or in my case, staying up) on Friday morning felt nearly like entering an alternative universe. "More likely, however, is that she would avoid such humiliation, bow to the inevitable and announce her resignation".

ROGER SCULLY: Well, I think a major thing that happened is that the Conservative Party effectively undermined the core message of their own campaign.

Open Democracy have done much research into large donations made to the DUP, the DUP appear to have failed to ask about the source of party donations, a failure that could lead to bankruptcy for the party.

He acknowledged that the government would now be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament. The intervention by Mr Kenny has added to Mrs May's woes at a time when she is desperately fighting for her political career.

The confusion reinforced a sense of chaos just days before Britain begins negotiations to leave the European Union.

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An anonymous European Union official told the Guardian newspaper Brussels is willing to scuttle the Brexit negotiations if the United Kingdom insists on discussing a future trade relationship at the same time as it talks about the proposed €100 billion "divorce bill". In recent years there have been calls from politicians and lobbyists across Northern Ireland to liberalise these laws, but all have been rejected by the Democratic Unionist Party. DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet with May in London on Tuesday to discuss their arrangement, Sky News reported.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.

However, some Conservatives, including their Scottish leader, Ruth Davidson, a lesbian, have raised concerns about the DUP's policies of opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

People demonstrate on Whitehall, central London, Saturday, after the British general election result. She is seeking a so-called confidence and supply deal, which would involve the DUP supporting the Conservatives on key votes but not joining a formal coalition. The 29 June deadline for resuming the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly is looming.

In a carefully worded article, he also insists there must be "no backsliding" on the Brexit deal terms that he PM set out in January. The UVF, UFF and UDA issued a joint statement urging the Protestant community to vote for several DUP candidates in the Westminster election.

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