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Enda Kenny 'concerned' at proposed United Kingdom deal with the DUP

13 June 2017

Her spokesperson insisted her position on Brexit remained unchanged but Scottish Conservatives were pushing for her to move the focus onto economic growth and away from immigration, sources in the Scottish branch of party said. But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union.

It either sticks with the plan to rule with the Democratic Unionist Party or calls a new election.

A confidence and supply deal would mean them backing the Government on its Budget and confidence motions, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis.

There was uncertainty after Downing Street announced on Saturday that an agreement had been struck.

But media reports suggest they had demanded the departure of May's joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, as the price for allowing the 60-year-old vicar's daughter to stay in office. May's leadership, said the pair had "taken the fall" for the prime minister.

Corbyn said his party would put down a "substantial amendment to the Queen's speech" based on the main policies in its general election manifesto, with an emphasis on Brexit, young people, and austerity.

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"The Labour left remembered that you don't win by tacking to an imaginary center - you win by letting people know you feel their anger and giving them a constructive end to channel it towards".

Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was "a start", but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign. "In the meantime, I want to place on record my sorrow for the Conservative Members of Parliament who lost their seats, several of whom are close friends".

"It was a disaster", he said.

May has struggled to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in Thursday's snap election, which she had been under no pressure to call.

"One piece of good news is the whole election has put pay to a hard Brexit", Osborne told CNN. The electorate was not amused, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher continued residing at 10 Downing Street.

The statement came as British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson denied plotting to topple May, who has been weakened by the Conservative Party's disastrous election result.

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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 .

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

Speaking on ITV, Mr Flanagan said he has raised the matter with Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, although it remains to be seen what deal is agreed between the Conservatives and the DUP. Northern Ireland's former first minister, DUP leader Arlene Foster, will hold talks with Mrs May tomorrow. "But what I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".

"I've been asked by some people about the DUP".

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

Back in the capital, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared on the BBC's flagship Sunday politics show where he described the election as "an incredibly good result".

One is for us to get on, in what I think is the responsible way, and try to form a government and try to offer the right kind of responsible leadership that the country needs.

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Enda Kenny 'concerned' at proposed United Kingdom deal with the DUP