What does a hung parliament mean for Brexit and Ireland?

Brexit Secretary David Davis who has accused the European Commission of trying to bully the British people as the president of the European Council appealed for calm in Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting for survival yesterday after a failed election gamble undermined her authority and plunged the country into a major political crisis, days before the start of talks to leave the European Union.

May's former Cabinet colleague George Osborne also could not resist a dig with a cartoon in the Evening Standard newspaper he edits which made an unflattering reference to the Orange Order, a group founded in 1795 who march the streets of Northern Ireland every year to protect Protestant interests.

British voters spent Friday frantically Googling the name of a small Northern Irish party whose 10 seats hold the balance of power in Parliament.

The DUP's stated objective is as the unionist party, meaning they do not support the idea of Northern Irish independence from the UK.

Angela Merkel has said she sees no obstacles in the way of beginning Brexit talks as scheduled after Theresa May failed to win a majority in Thursday's United Kingdom election.

Answer: It's an unusual situation in which no political party wins more than half of the 650 seats in the House of Commons.

"It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", he told the BBC.

In a BBC interview, Ms Foster said: "It will be hard for [Mrs May] to survive given that she was presumed at the start of the campaign.to come back with maybe 100, maybe more, in terms of her majority".

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If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of 52 percent of the public and take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to secure the full support of her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure. She told LBC radio: "I think it depends very much on how those conversations will go, but certainly I don't see any more than six months".

Fallon told the BBC that in light of the election result a new approach was needed, welcoming the resignation of her two closest aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who were perceived by many Conservative lawmakers to be high-handed and secretive.

"Having secured the largest number of votes and greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear the Conservatives and Unionist party has the legitimacy to provide that".

In a short statement outside Downing Street after an audience with the Queen, May said she would join with her DUP "friends" to "get to work" on Brexit.

Conservative MP Anna Soubry said that Theresa May's position was "untenable".

Johnson dismissed the reports as "tripe", tweeting late on Saturday that he was backing May.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Corbyn said: "We're going to put down a substantial amendment to the Queen's Speech which will contain within it the main points of our manifesto, and so we'll invite the House to consider all the issues we put forward which I've mentioned - jobs-first Brexit, mention the issues of young people and austerity, there's many other things".

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