British PM Theresa May reaches 'outline' power deal after election fiasco

Here's a quick run-down of what you should know about the party and what might happen next between the Tories and the DUP.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she has received assurances from the Prime Minister over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with Democratic Unionist Party.

Earlier, Mrs May announced that she meant to carry on in No 10 at the head of a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP) after falling eight seats short of an overall majority.

The DUP has repeatedly used a controversial Stormont voting mechanism - the petition of concern - to prevent the legalisation of same-sex marriage, despite a majority of MLAs supporting the move at the last vote.

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, the group founded in 1795 who march the streets of Northern Ireland every year to protect Protestant interests.

May's office says that the DUP had agreed to in outline to a "confidence and supply" arrangement.

She also reiterated that she would seek a reciprocal agreement early in the talks on rights of European Union and British citizens, Downing Street said.

"This will not be a strong and stable government, so another election is likely to follow after a short period under a new Prime Minister, perhaps in the autumn".

The announcement came after May lost Downing St. chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who resigned Saturday. They quit Saturday after becoming a focus of blame for the Conservatives' election disaster. "We will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".

The DUP supported leaving the European Union when the United Kingdom held its referendum on the issue in June 2016.

May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for".

"Gavin will have an important role to play in that".

The pair formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform.

The Conservatives failed to secure an overall majority in the election, as Jeremy Corbyn confounded predictions to.

The Conservative leader gambled that the snap election would increase her party's number of seats in Parliament, giving it a mandate for a "hard Brexit".

After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May must name the rest of her team, who will take on one of the most demanding jobs in recent British political history.

Given May's diminished state, many in the European Union are wondering how long she will be leading the country and - by extension - the Brexit negotiations.

In more recent times, former first minister Peter Robinson's wife Iris, then an MP, described homosexuality as an "abomination", while the MP son of Dr Paisley, Ian Paisley Jr, said he felt "repulsed" by homosexual acts.

The DUP and Sinn Fein were due to restart talks on Monday on the formation of a new assembly, but a DUP deal could raise questions about the British Conservative Northern Ireland Minister James Brokenshire as an honest broker.

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