What We Know So Far
Theresa May is clinging on to power after losing her majority in the House of Commons in Thursday's general election. Talks are taking place with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs could allow her to continue to govern.
There are big concerns about the DUP's policies and history over its stance on such social issues as abortion and LGBT rights.
After some uncertainty, the leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, announced that the Queen's speech and state opening of parliament is expected to take place on Wednesday, 21 June – two days later than originally scheduled.
Irish taoiseach – or prime minister – Enda Kenny has expressed concern about the impact of any deal on the Northern Ireland peace process.
Both Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson are putting pressure on May to soften the terms of Brexit. Brexit secretary David Davis claims the election result suggests popular support for leaving the single market.
There are hints of Labour divisions over the single market, with shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner contradicting the shadow chancellor John McDonnell over the party's approach.
May has reshuffled her cabinet, leaving most positions unchanged, although Michael Gove returns to government as environment secretary.
The PM staved off rebellion after a meeting with the Conservative backbench 1922 committee. She reportedly told MPs: "I got us into this mess and I'm going to get us out of it."
Brexit talks with the EU are due to begin on 19 June. Here's what the election result could mean for talks.
Parliament expected to open next Wednesday, leader of the House of Commons says
The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, announced on Thursday morning that the state opening of parliament and the Queen's Speech are expected to take place on Wednesday, 21 June – two days later than planned.
The opening of parliament was delayed as Theresa May is still working on making a deal with the DUP, which would give her a majority in the House of Commons.
The delay also means the Queen will be missing a part of Royal Ascot, which starts next Tuesday and runs for four days.
–Marie Le Conte
Corbyn: Labour is “ready to provide strong and stable leadership in the national interest”
The Labour leader has enjoyed his first clash with embattled prime minister Theresa May as recently elected MPs took their seats in the House of Commons for the first time since the election.
Jeremy Corbyn, with a red rose pinned to his suit, pulled no punches. Addressing the PM he said: "I'm sure she'll agree with me that democracy is a wonderful thing, and can throw up some very unexpected results."
"I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated," he said. "If that's not possible, the Labour party stands ready to offer strong and stable leadership in the national interest."
Corbyn also regaled the Commons with an anecdote about the new father of the house, Ken Clarke, saying: "I've never quite forgotten the image of the member for Rushcliffe in the tearoom wearing Hush Puppies, eating bacon sandwiches, drinking super-strength lager, and carrying a cigar while taking a break from a debate on healthy living."
Earlier, May had welcomed new MPs and called for "unity". She commended the house on its ever-more diverse make-up, and broke with tradition to welcome Harriet Harman, Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham, as mother of the house.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Bercow re-elected as Speaker of the House of Commons
Conservative MP John Bercow has been re-elected as Commons Speaker after standing unopposed for the position.
Theresa May, also in the chamber, congratulated him, joking: "At least someone got a landslide."
Bercow congratulated the 87 new MPs. "Whatever else you have done or will do in the course of your careers, there will be no greater honour than that which you have just attained as an elected member of parliament," he told the house.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Theresa May thinks IndyRef 2 is "dead" and won't allow it during this parliament
Theresa May believes the case for another referendum on independence is "dead" and her government will refuse to discuss the matter with Nicola Sturgeon for the duration of this parliament, BuzzFeed News has learned.
The SNP lost 22 seats in last week's election – including those of former first minster Alex Salmond and deputy leader Angus Robertson – and the prime minister believes the result has killed any possible case for another referendum until there's another general election, according to one of her ministers.
May, who suffered a humbling election night where she lost her majority and saw her authority significantly diminished, spent the election campaign saying "now is not the time" to accept Sturgeon's request to open discussions about holding another referendum on independence.
According to the reappointed Scotland secretary, David Mundell, the prime minister has now ruled out any possibility of opening those discussions for the entire duration of this parliament, which is scheduled to last until 2022.
Former PM John Major "wary" and "dubious" of DUP/Tory deal that could threaten Northern Irish peace agreement
John Major, former Conservative prime minister, has said he is "concerned" and "wary" that any deal agreed between the Conservative party and the Democratic Unionist Party could threaten the Northern Irish peace process.
"I am wary of it, I am dubious," he said of the proposed deal, "because of the peace process."
Major, who was one of the architects of the peace process, told the BBC's World at One that the carefully negotiated agreement that secured peace in Northern Ireland was "fragile".
"People should not regard it as a given, it isn't certain, it is under stress, it is fragile," he said. "Although I do not expect it to suddenly collapse because there is a broad consensus that wishes it to continue, I think we have to take care with it."
Major said that a "fundamental part" of the agreement was that the British government would remain impartial. This impartiality could be placed under extreme stress should the deal with the DUP go ahead, he said, giving rise to the possibility that "hard men" who continued to "lurk" in the background of Northern Irish politics could re-emerge.
"It is very important that there is a honest broker, and the only honest broker is the British government," and if it appeared to no longer be so, he said, then that would be a serious cause for alarm.
"I think that's for the lawyers to determine," he responded when questioned if Theresa May's proposed deal could breach the Good Friday Agreement.
Major also said he believed that May could carry on without making a deal. "I am not entirely convinced that although a deal would make parliamentary votes easier, that it is absolutely necessary for Mrs May to remain as prime minister and carry on with her work."
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Northern Irish politicians fear a "dodgy deal" between the DUP and Tories on marching rights will hurt community relations
Theresa May would seriously harm relations between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland if she enters into a "dodgy deal" with the Democratic Unionist Party on loyalist marching rights, local politicians have warned.
Two Northern Irish politicians have told BuzzFeed News that arrangement will compromise the British government's neutrality on the peace process and have urged Ms May not to "undercut" Northern Irish people in order to stay in power.
The Orange Order, which has many links to the DUP, is perceived by many to be anti-Catholic and is known for its controversial marches in Catholic areas of Northern Ireland, which often prove flash points for sectarian violence.
In light of the DUP's pact to prop up the Conservative party, the Order has called on the DUP – with whom they enjoy a historically close relationship – to use their position of influence to reduce restrictions on their marches.
Here's what a soft Brexit could actually mean
There has been much talk since last week's election that Britain could seek a "softer Brexit" following Theresa May's failure to secure a Commons majority.
With the PM severely weakened, the Evening Standard reports that May's cabinet now has a "sensibles" wing, arguing against the "creationists" that the UK should now prioritise jobs and the economy over cutting immigration. Some Labour and Tory MPs have gone as far as suggesting the UK could even try to stay in the single market.
But there is little agreement and a lot of confusion – in both main parties – as to what a softer Brexit would actually mean in practice.
"The UK position already lacked substance. Now it is even more unclear," a senior European government official told BuzzFeed News.
A fundamentally different approach to Brexit to the one envisioned by May would require a substantial change to several red lines set by the prime minister before the election. So here's what her options would be for a softer Brexit, and the challenges they present:
- Continued single market membership, but the EU position has not changed
- The UK could stay in the customs union, but that would mean no comprehensive trade deals with other countries
- A multi-year transition deal
- A continued relationship with EU agencies, but at a cost
- Guaranteeing citizens' rights, but that means a role for the European Court of Justice
Each of these shifts will require serious movement from the government. And for now, the view in most of Europe's capitals is that there is no indication that the UK position has changed or that Britain is yet prepared for the complicated talks and tasks that await.
"An already weak hand has just become weaker," a second senior government official told BuzzFeed News.
Theresa May tells the Tories' 1922 committee that she'll fix "this mess"
Theresa May told a meeting of Tory MPs that "I got us into this mess and I'm going to get us out of it", according to one veteran MP who said the party was increasingly united behind the prime minister.
The Conservative politician told reporters outside a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee that the prime minister had the support of her party and "there was none of the Maybot" in her speech.
Instead, there was an intermittent low rumbling of tables being banged approvingly and sometimes laughter, with the MP likening the atmosphere to being at "an Evelyn Waugh minor public school".
"She came across contrite and genuine but not on her knees," said the MP. "The easiest thing for her to do would be to stand down but that's not in the nature of her."
The MP said the prime minister was "contrite at the beginning" and said she was personally contacting every defeated Tory MP to commiserate and was putting in place help for them "which we've never done before – we're not the ruthless party for nothing".
The MP, who insisted there would be no summer leadership contest, said there were two main issues raised regarding the potential deal with Northern Ireland's DUP.
May was, according to the MP, questioned on the DUP's record on social matters and "the whole issue of LGB… What is it? Well, I'm of that generation."
They said there was no risk of British LGBT rights being watered down: "As most people know they're not going to have a veto on that – it's a free vote in any case."
The prime minister, they said, also insisted the DUP alliance would not affect the Northern Irish peace process: "She was pretty firm about not having an impact in terms of efforts to get the assembly back up."
DUP defends talks with the Conservatives after Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams accuses it of breaking the Good Friday Agreement
The leader and deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds, have defended their talks with Theresa May, who is seeking to form a government with the party's 10 MPs, as "a tremendous opportunity" after the president of Northern Ireland's Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams, accused them of breaking the Good Friday agreement.
"The Fundamental of the Good Friday Agreement is the fact that it's for the people of Northern Ireland to decide on whether they wish to remain in the United Kingdom – known as the principal of consent," Foster told Sky News outside Stormont on Monday afternoon.
"The Principal of consent underlines everything that's there in the good Friday agreement, that means of course that we are a full member of the United Kingdom.
"As such of course the parliamentarians would wish to play as full a role as they possibly can in the national parliament just as some in Sinn Fein would like to play a role in the Irish Parliament."
At a separate press conference earlier on Monday, Adams was critical of the developing arrangement between the DUP and the Conservative party.
"We don't believe that any deal with the DUP here and English Tories will be good for the people here," he said. "Any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the Good Friday and the other agreements is one which has to be opposed by progressives."
Adams also has a seat in parliament in the Republic of Ireland as a Teachta Dála – Ireland's version of an MP – for Louth.
Dodds too questioned Sinn Féin's presence in the Irish parliament in light of Adams' criticisms of DUP talks with the Conservative party.
"Are Sinn Féin now going to rule out taking any position in any future government in the Irish Republic, because that would be a breach of the Good Friday agreement," he told Sky News.
"I think the people of the Irish Republic would be very, very interested, as would other members of other political parties to know before they fight the next general election, whether or not Sinn Féin are going to rule themselves out of government on the basis that it's a breach of the Good Friday Agreement.
"Because if that's what they say about us then it applies to them equally."
SNP leader claims hard Brexit is "dead in the water"
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said that hard Brexit is "dead in the water" in the wake of the general election results.
Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson are due to meet prime minister Theresa May today. Ahead of the meeting, the SNP leader said May's current Brexit position "simply cannot stand".
Having triggered a snap election with a substantial lead in the polls, May watched that lead dribble away, with the Conservatives actually losing seats in the election last Thursday, but clung to power over the weekend. Formal talks with the EU over Brexit are scheduled to begin on 19 June.
Sturgeon's remarks come as she told the BBC she believes there should be a "pause" on Brexit negotiations until a UK-wide position could be established.
She believes that membership of the single market and customs union should be "at the heart" of any discussion – despite May's insistence that the UK will leave both. Some figures in Labour, notably the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, also agree with the PM on this issue.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Confusion in Westminister as Queen's Speech and Brexit negotiations reportedly pushed back
19 June was shaping up to be a big day in British politics, with the Brexit negotiations and the Queen's Speech, formally opening the new parliament, scheduled to take place. But there was confusion this morning as to whether either of those events will now happen that day, after a briefing of journalists by the prime minister's official spokesperson.
MPs have begun returning to Westminster and will be sworn in today. Theresa May's new government was then scheduled to put forward its legislative programme on Monday next week. But her official spokesperson wouldn't confirm that the Queen's speech will still be happening on 19 June. He would only say that an "update" will be coming soon from the office of the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom.
The BBC then reported that the speech will be delayed by a few days.
It's possible that Downing Street has decided to delay until it has agreed its deal with the DUP, which will affect the contents of the speech.
The precise timing of the start of negotiations with the European Union about Britain's withdrawal from the bloc also seemed to be up in the air. The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier had set down 19 June for the start of the talks, and Theresa May had repeatedly said during her election campaign that Brexit talks would start "11 days after the election".
But her spokesman also refused to confirm that the timetable remains in place. Earlier, David Davis, the Brexit minister, said in media interviews only that it would be "next week".
Sturgeon and Davidson head south to put pressure on May to soften Brexit deal
Both Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson will accompany their MPs to Westminster today where the leaders will be trying to put pressure on the prime minister to soften the terms of Brexit.
SNP leader Sturgeon and her 35 MPs are urging Theresa May to take a "short pause" before the beginning of the Brexit negotiations to allow time to agree a new approach which is supported by every nation in the UK.
Meanwhile, BuzzFeed News understands Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, will have a meeting with the prime minister in the early afternoon after saying over the weekend she wants May to "look again" at her Brexit approach.
Speaking ahead of her meeting with MPs, Sturgeon said: "The Tory position on Brexit does not carry popular support, is not backed by all four nations of the UK or a majority of MPs, and any attempt to continue with it will be disastrous for Scotland and for Britain.
"A new position should be agreed swiftly between cross-party representatives in Westminster and the democratically elected governments of all parts of the UK as well as both sides of the political debate in Northern Ireland."
The first minister is also urging May to include all the devolved governments of the UK in Brexit negotiations and says the priority must now be placed on retaining the UK's membership of the European single market.
Davidson's visit to Westminster comes after Scottish Conservatives sources told BuzzFeed News they will essentially act as a party within a party at Westminster, with their allegiance lying with Davidson.
Speaking on Saturday, Davidson said the UK should be seeking an "open Brexit" that prioritises the economy above everything else, and that she would be asking the prime minister for a place in negotiations.
David Davis says elements of the Tory manifesto could be "pruned away"
David Davis has confirmed speculation in the Daily Mail that elements of the Tory manifesto could be scrapped in order to secure Cabinet support and work with the DUP. Speaking on Radio 4, he said "elements of the manifesto could be pruned away", though declined to say which.
The Mail reported that plans to "scrap the triple lock on pensions, means-test the winter fuel allowance and repeal the foxhunting ban are set to be ditched in a 'slimmed-down' Queen's Speech next week."
Davis said he had "little doubt" a deal would be reached with the DUP.
He also spoke about the Brexit talks, which start a week today. He said the first item on the agenda would be the rights of EU citizens.
"Something like 80% of people voted for the parties who have accepted that we wanted to leave the European Union ... The reason for leaving the Single Market is because we want to take back control of our borders," he said, adding that John McDonnell agreed with him. He reiterated his stance that "no deal is better than a bad deal", saying: "People don't realise ... there isn't just an in or out – there are competing interests. ... It's important to have the option to walk away."
Shadow trade secretary hints at disagreement over Brexit policy
Barry Gardiner, Labour's shadow international trade secretary, has hinted at party divisions over membership of the EU's single market.
Yesterday shadow chancellor John McDonnell indicated that remaining in the single market was "not feasible". Staying in the single market would not respect the result of the EU referendum, McDonnell told ITV.
Gardiner appeared to carefully row back from this. "What we've said is that we need those benefits, and whether they're achieved through reformed membership of the the single market and the customs union, or through a new, bespoke trading arrangement, is actually secondary to achieving the benefits," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning.
"It's an open question as to what we can get. What we criticised [the Conservatives] for doing is taking membership of the single market off the table right from the beginning."
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Michael Gove "delighted" to return to government
Michael Gove has been named the new environment secretary, almost a year after he was sacked from the government by prime minister Theresa May.
After a tumultuous weekend that saw May cling to power, former cabinet member Gove said he was "delighted" and "surprised" to be reappointed to the cabinet.
Gove, who told Sky News he was in Surrey yesterday as May announced limited changes to her cabinet, will take on the role of secretary of state for the environment.
"I'm absolutely delighted, climate secretary's a really important job, and I'm really flattered that Theresa May as prime minister has asked me to rejoin the team," he said. "I hope to play a part in ensuring that as we prepare to leave the European Union, and as things like the common agricultural union no longer apply, that we safeguard what's best in our environment and make sure those that make our countryside beautiful and who keep it productive are at the heart of policymaking."
Gove's reappointment has been taken as a sign of May's weakness following the election. The prime minister made minimal changes to her cabinet, demoting only Liz Truss from justice secretary to a chief secretary of the Treasury.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Leadsom to lead...the Commons
Former Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom has been named the leader of the House of Commons, a role that will take on more importance in a hung parliament. She had previously been environment secretary.
Meanwhile, James Brokenshire and Karen Bradley have been confirmed as remaining in their posts of Northern Ireland secretary and culture secretary respectively.
Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet – barely
Following on from the disastrous results of the general election, in which Theresa May's Conservative party actually lost seats and a narrowly held majority, the prime minister kept nearly all cabinet positions the same in a reshuffle.
Liz Truss, formerly justice secretary, was demoted to chief secretary of the Treasury. David Lidington, formerly leader of the Commons, replaced her.
David Gauke was promoted to pensions secretary, while Damian Green, who formerly held the role, was given the position of first secretary of state and minister for the Cabinet Office – effectively becoming May's number two.
Jeremy Hunt was also confirmed as health secretary. By Sunday evening only a handful of cabinet positions remained unconfirmed.
On Friday, the big positions of chancellor, home secretary, foreign secretary, Brexit secretary, and defence secretary remained with their previous incumbents.
Priti Patel stays on at DFID
"Priti Patel has been confirmed as Secretary of State for International Development," a statement confirmed.
Patel was appointed secretary of state for the Department for International Development under May last year. MP for Witham since 2010, prior to heading up DFID, Patel was minister of state for the Department of Work and Pensions.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Chris Grayling stays as transport secretary
"Chris Grayling has been confirmed as Secretary of State for Transport," a statement confirmed.
The MP for Epsom and Ewell since 2001, Grayling was appointed secretary of state for transport last year by May. Grayling has been a staunch defender of May in the past turbulent few hours following the Conservative's disastrous results.
With Grayling confirmed as staying, 15 of 22 cabinet posts have been filled with 12 cabinet ministers in place. There have been only three moves.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Jeremy Hunt stays on as health secretary
"Jeremy Hunt has been confirmed as Secretary of State for Health," a statement confirmed.
Hunt, MP for South West Surrey since 2005, has proved hugely controversial as health secretary. He was appointed in September 2012 under then-prime minister David Cameron.
During the last reshuffle under new PM Theresa May, Hunt notably entered Number 10 without his usual NHS pin – undoubtedly expecting the sack – only to re-emerge still health minister, and with NHS pin suddenly prominently back in place. He arrived for the reshuffle this year with his NHS pin in place.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Alun Cairns stays on as Welsh secretary of state
"Alun Cairns has been confirmed as Secretary of State for Wales," a statement confirmed.
The MP for the Vale of Glamorgan since 2005 was first appointed the secretary of state for Wales in 2016.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
David Lidington appointed Justice secretary
"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of David Lidington as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice," a statement confirmed.
He takes over from Liz Truss, demoted to chief secretary of the Treasury.
Lidington, appointed leader of the House by May and formerly Europe minister under David Cameron, has been the MP for Aylesbury since 1992.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Sajid Javid stays on as communities minister
"Sajid Javid has been confirmed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government," a statement confirmed.
Jarvid, communities secretary since July 2016, has been MP for Bromsgrove since 2010. Prior to that he was secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Justine Greening stays on as education secretary and as minister for women and equalities
Statements confirmed that Greening would remain as education secretary, as well as minister for women and equalities.
Putney MP Justine Greening was appointed education secretary last year after heading up the department of international development (DFID). She nearly lost her seat during a closely fought election battle.
Greening, as MP since 2005, was the fifth MP to file into Downing Street on Sunday afternoon, part of prime minister Theresa May's reshuffle.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Liam Fox to stay on as international trade secretary
"Dr Liam Fox has been confirmed as Secretary of State for International Trade," a statement confirmed.
Fox told Sky News he was "delighted" as he left Downing Street.
Fox, MP for North Somerset, was appointed secretary of state for international trade by May last year. He is the first person to hold the position.
In 2010, he was appointed Defence Secretary by then Prime Minister David Cameron – only to have to resign the position in 2011 after allegations that he had given a close friend inappropriate access to the ministry.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Liz Truss, formerly secretary of state for Justice and Lord Chancellor, has been demoted to chief secretary of the Treasury
"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Liz Truss as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, attending Cabinet," it was confirmed in a statement.
The MP for South West Norfolk, who was touted as one of the cabinet ministers most likely to lose her post, was instead demoted.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
David Gauke promoted to work and pensions secretary
"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of David Gauke as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions," a statement from Downing Street confirmed.
The MP for South West Hertfordshire since 2005, Quake was chief secretary to the Treasury.
Former work and pensions secretary Damian Green promoted to the cabinet office
Green, formerly Work and Pensions secretary, has been promoted to the cabinet office. He will take up the position of first secretary of state and minister for the cabinet office, it has been confirmed.
In the aftermath of the decision, political journalists commented that the appointment effectively made Green – a staunch friend and ally of PM Theresa May – deputy prime minister.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Corbyn welcomes Trump's no-show in UK
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the news that US president Donald Trump will not be making a state visit to the UK.
Trump told prime minister Theresa May over the phone he would not be making the trip should there be large protests about his visit, effectively indefinitely postponing the journey, the Guardian reported.
Protests and petitions had erupted earlier this year after it emerged that May had already invited the uniquely controversial leader to Britain for a traditional state visit. The US president also incurred British criticism after he attacked London mayor Sadiq Khan in a series of badly-received tweets following the London Bridge attack.
Trump also recently withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord. The move, which he said was because he represented the "people of Pittsburgh, not Paris", drew near-global criticism.
Responding to the Guardian's story, a spokesperson for the PM said there was "no change" to plans.
"We aren't going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations. The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those plans," the spokeswoman for May's office told Reuters.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Labour has accused Theresa May of "squatting" in Number 10
Labour has accused Theresa May of "squatting" in Number 10 Downing Street and reiterated it is ready to form a minority government of its own.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he still believes he could be prime minister, while his shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said the party would "love the opportunity to serve".
Appearing on Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme, Thornberry went on the attack. "We've got Theresa May squatting in Downing Street, we've got a full rebellion going on in the Conservative party, we've got no idea as to what's going to be in this Queen's Speech."
Jeremy Corbyn said he had youth on his side, and people are loving it
Jeremy Corbyn's triumphant appearance on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show has been celebrated on social media.
He told Marr that that he's ready for another election after no party won enough seats to command an overall majority. When Marr asked Corbyn if he is in it for the long term Corbyn replied: "Look at me, I've got youth on my side."
People loved Corbyn's confidence. And were big fans of the fact Corbyn, 68, had made a joke about a surge in support for Labour from young voters.
Irish leader concerned by prospect of Tory-DUP deal
The outgoing Taoiseach – or prime minister – of Ireland, Enda Kenny, says he has spoken with Theresa May to express concern at the implications of any deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party.
Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, the Westminster government is bound to be an impartial arbiter to any disputes in Northern Ireland.
"The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring," a spokesperson told the Irish Independent newspaper.
According to the newspaper, both leaders voiced their "immediate concern" that an executive was established "as soon as possible", and said that "exploratory discussions" with NI parties would take place on Monday.
The scheduled meeting between the Irish minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan and James Brokenshire, secretary of state for Northern Ireland, was also discussed.
"The Taoiseach stated that there should be an early meeting between the Prime Minister and his successor Leo Varadkar and wished her well in the challenges that now lie ahead," the spokesperson said.
In a statement later on Sunday afternoon, a Downing Street spokesperson said that May and Irish PM Enda Kenny had agreed to continue to work for "political stability in Northern Ireland".
– Matthew Champion
Former Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper refuses to rule out return to shadow cabinet
Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee, has denied there will be any complacency in the party following the result of the general election, as she laid out a three-point plan for the coming weeks.
"I don't think there will be any complacency in the party," Cooper, who had opposed leader Jeremy Corbyn last year, told Sky News. She went on to reiterate her support for Corbyn, praising his campaign leadership, but drawing a line between the most recent campaign and that of the EU referendum.
Following two leadership contests, both won by Corbyn, Cooper said the Labour party had "pulled together". Pushed by presenter Sophy Ridge, Cooper declined to admit she had been wrong on Corbyn. "I think circumstances have changed," she said.
"There are three challenges for Labour right now," she said. "The first is that we have got to keep challenging Theresa May and this deeply dodgy deal with the DUP because it goes against what the election result was, Theresa May held a referendum on herself and lost it. So the idea that she can just carry on as if this election didn't happen simply through this dodgy deal, I think is not on.
"Secondly, I think we have to find a way to get some cross party consensus around a stable Brexit press and negotiation because otherwise that is going to get caught up in chaos and that will not be in the national interest.
"Thirdly, I think we are going to have to prepare for another general election because while I don't think that it's what a lot of people want, and there would certainly be a lot of tired candidates and party members of all kinds rolling their eyes at the thought, I just don't see what Theresa May is doing is sustainable. Therefore we have to be ready for whatever comes at us."
Cooper also declined to be drawn on whether she would re-join the shadow cabinet. "I don't think anyone should be bartering and bidding for positions in TV studios".
"I think the bigger point is that we all need to be pulling together to take on Theresa May and to take on the Tories on what they are doing. This DUP deal that they have done is really dodgy, it's unsustainable, but it's not just bad in terms of the politics of the House of Commons but it's also really irresponsible for the Northern Irish peace process. The idea that the British government could be taking sides having been the guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, and the subsequent peace agreement, I think is really troubling."
She said that both former PM David Cameron and May had repeatedly put party ahead of country. "They are putting party interests, in terms of cobbling together their government, ahead of the national interests and the Northern Ireland peace process. It is really troubling."
Cooper went on to say May's position was "untenable". The PM "lacked the skills" to govern a hung parliament, she said, as it required a "collegiate" method of leadership, that could promote a more open and "thoughtful" process of government. The country should not have a "Conservative cabal" , as May wanted, dictating the terms of Brexit.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
No deal yet, DUP leader Arlene Foster confirms
DUP leader Arlene Foster has told Sky News that the Conservatives and her party had made "good progress", but that there was no deal yet.
"I am not going to negotiate over the airways, but what I will say is that we will of course act in the national interest and do what is right for the United Kingdom as a whole, and Northern Ireland in particular," Foster said.
There had been a flurry of speculation after Number 10 appeared to confirm a "supply and demand" deal last night, only to be contradicted by DUP itself a few hours later, with No 10 subsequently having to row back the claim, saying the details were still being "finalised". On Sunday morning it emerged that Foster would travel to London on Tuesday to meet with Theresa May over the deal.
"There's been a lot of hyperbole about the DUP since Thursday, a lot of things said, a lot of people who really don't know what we stand for," Foster said.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Graham Brady, chair of the influential 1922 Committee, hopes to meet May tomorrow
The chair of the influential 1922 Committee – which represents all backbench Tory MPs – has said that a meeting with prime minister Theresa May will hopefully be brought forward to tomorrow.
Graham Brady, speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics, show defended May but did say that the prime minister needed to learn lessons following her party's disastrous election results.
May could learn from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's "avuncular" campaigning style, he said, adding that while the PM could be relaxed privately, she needed to convey that to the public.
He went on to say that elements of the controversial Conservative manifesto would be removed. "There's "no point sailing ahead with items we won't get through," he said, adding that it would be a "slimmed down" Queens speech.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Corbyn expects second election later this year
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said it is "quite possible" there will be another general election later this year or early next year.
He told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show that his party was "ready to fight another election campaign".
Presenter Marr opened the interview by noting that Corbyn, whose party massively performed above expectations in the election, seemed "very chipper".
"It's a nice Sunday morning," Corbyn said, "and what better place to spend it than with you."
Despite losing to the Tories in terms of popular vote and seats won, Corbyn has called on Theresa May to quit, saying Labour was ready to form a government, even though it is well short of an overall majority.
Asked if he lost the election by Marr, Corbyn said: "We didn't win the election, but we had an incredibly good result."
He confirmed that Labour would seek a substantial amendment to the Queen's speech, including prioritising jobs in any Brexit deal. He also suggested the so-called Great Repeal Bill, under which EU laws would be removed from UK law, was dead in the water.
Asked whether former shadow cabinet members including his former rivals for the leadership could come back into the fold, Corbyn replied: "I am the most generous person in the world."
The Tory-DUP "coalition of chaos" has no chance, shadow chancellor John McDonnell says
John McDonnell, Labour's shadow chancellor, has said that the proposed agreement between the Conservatives and DUP has no chance of holding together.
"I think that the Tories are in such disarray, and any agreement which the DUP is bound to be inherently unstable," he said, claiming Labour were prepared to form a minority government. "This coalition of chaos both within the Conservative party and within the DUP, I cannot see that holding together."
"I think one is almost inevitable," McDonnell told ITV's Peston on Sunday of the prospect of another election, despite acknowledging that the public had had enough of elections.
McDonnell said that remaining in the single market was "not feasible". He said Labour would not contest membership of the single market, as it would not respect the result of the EU referendum.
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Fallon declines to confirm public will ever see Tory and DUP agreement
The defence secretary has avoided confirming that the public will ever see the details of a controversial potential agreement with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Michael Fallon, speaking on BBC1's Andrew Marr show, also attempted to clarify Downing Street's position following confusion overnight on whether an agreement with the DUP had been agreed. It was eventually confirmed that the two parties were still in talks, and that an agreement had not been confirmed.
"This is not a coalition. This is what is called a confidence and supply agreement," he said of the proposal.
"We are working on our lines of proposals," he said. "It would be very very surprising that something as important and complex as this was stitched together in a day. "You will see the proposal," Fallon said, but declined to confirm that the agreement between the Tories and the DUP would be published.
Challenged on the DUP's toxic record on LGBT and women's rights, he said "we do not share their views, and we are not changing our views".
Fallon was also questioned on Theresa May's lacklustre campaign. "The prime minister travelled thousands of miles, and took far more questions from the public than Jeremy Corbyn did," he said.
Pushed by Marr that May had not answered the questions, Fallon responded: "Well, she tried to."
He went on to state that the party was behind her, and claimed Conservative MPs would "rally round her and give her support".
"She won the biggest share of the vote since 1987. She did not achieve what we wanted which was a bigger majority," but he said it was her "responsibility" to form a government and "get on and make the best of it."
–Rose Troup Buchanan
Osborne: May is a "dead woman walking"
Former chancellor and Tory MP George Osborne says it's only a matter of time before Theresa May is forced to step down as prime minister.
"Oh yeah Theresa May is a dead woman walking, it's just how long she's going to remain on death row," the Evening Standard editor told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.
Osborne, who stepped down as an MP at the snap election in order to focus on his other jobs, said "we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her".
Osborne was sacked by May last year, and was asked by Marr what he was told at the time. "She said I needed to get to know my party better," he said, shrugging.
Johnson quashes suggestions of a leadership battle
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has rubbished suggestions he could challenge Theresa May for the Conservative party leadership.
In a tweet posted late last night, Johnson, who spectacularly crashed out of the last Conservative party leadership battle in 2016, said a story in the Mail on Sunday was "tripe" and that he was backing the embattled Tory leader.
A story published last night by the Mail on Sunday cited close allies of the foreign secretary, who claimed it was "go-go-go" for Johnson's leadership bid.
However, the Sunday Times reports that while Johnson has decided to hold off on a leadership battle for now, as many as five cabinet ministers have urged him to oust May. The paper claims his allies believe there will be a leadership battle before the year's end.
Here are some frontpages, all of which lead off May's crisis of leadership.
DUP contradict Downing Street on whether a deal has been reached
Confusion reigned in the early hours of Sunday morning after the DUP issued a statement which appeared to contradict Number 10's claim, issued on Saturday night, that a "confidence and supply" deal had been agreed.
An initial statement issued by Number 10 said: "We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week."
However, the DUP later issued a statement at midnight saying that discussions would "continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement", which was followed by a second Number 10 statement which said: "As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward."
The party also retweeted this tweet by a Sky News journalist.
This was followed by a second statement from Number 10, which said: "As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward."
– Alan White
Here's What The DUP Might Demand From The Tories To Keep Them In Power
Huge questions remain as to what concessions the Tories will have to make to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), after Downing Street announced that the two parties had agreed in principle a "confidence and supply" deal that will allow Theresa May to stay in power.
However, the party produced a document in advance of the 2015 general election stipulating their demands from a Conservative party in the event of a hung parliament then.
Rather than focusing on social issues such as abortion or LGBT rights, the party's 2015 coalition wish list focused on greater funding for Northern Ireland, as well as a number of symbolic steps for Britain to recognise that Northern Ireland is also part of the UK.
Sam McBride, Political Editor of the Northern Irish newspaper The Newsletter, told Buzzfeed News: "As shrewd negotiators, the DUP have been vague about their precise demands. But the party's 2015 template is the starting point.
"It is overwhelmingly, though not exclusively, financial - a mixture of pork barrel politics and fiscal populism which sits somewhere between the Labour and Conservative economic positions.
"The focus on the DUP's position on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage is unsurprising, but misses the point. That is almost certainly not going to feature in their demands."
Read more here.
– Siobhan Fenton
DUP agrees to principles of "confidence and supply" deal with the Tories
Downing Street says the DUP has agreed to the principles of a proposal to back the Tories on a "confidence and supply basis".
The deal would not be a formal coalition agreement – it would instead see the party's 10 MPs support the Tories on crucial votes in parliament. "Supply" refers to a budget or any other bills involving the raising of money by the government, and "confidence" refers to support on votes of no confidence. It's not yet clear which parts of the DUP manifesto will be supported by the Conservatives in return.
A Number 10 spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week.
"We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond."
The last time such a deal was struck was between 1977 and 1979, when the Labour Party stayed in power thanks to a confidence and supply agreement with the Liberal Party.
– Alan White
A Tory MP has suggested that a debate over reducing abortion limits could be part of talks with the DUP
Reducing the time period in which a woman can access abortion in the UK could be on the agenda in talks between Theresa May and the Democratic Unionist Party, who are anti-abortion, the former Northern Ireland secretary, and current Conservative MP, Owen Paterson has suggested.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Saturday morning, he said he did not believe major social issues would drive the agenda in the next parliament, saying that differences in LGBT and abortion rights in Northern Ireland were matters for its devolved government.
But he didn't rule out the possibility of abortion rights in the rest of the UK being at least up for debate.
"I don't see many major social issues coming up in the next parliament," Paterson said.
"You might get a debate I suppose on further reduction of abortion times as medical science advances.
"But the stuff you mention like gay rights and all that, which you're probably referring to, that is all devolved.
"It's not only a free vote issue, most of this, but it's nearly all devolved and that's down to the politicians in Northern Ireland to resolve."
Abortion, which is still not technically legal in the UK, can be permitted in pregnancies up to 24 weeks with the permission of two doctors. Prior to the election being called, Labour MP Diana Johnson, who retained her seat in Hull North, had tabled a bill to decriminalise abortion entirely.
Reacting to Paterson's comments, Labour MP Jess Phillips tweeted: "Oh how the Tories crowed about their woman leader, the test was always – will she be good for women? Just one woman she cares about."
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has expressed concern about reversals of LGBT rights in light of the fact that the DUP has voted to block same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland five times in the last five years. In a phone call with the prime minister last night she sought assurances on LGBT rights given and possible deal with the DUP.
In Northern Ireland, abortion rights campaigners have said they are extremely worried about what increased influence for the DUP could mean for reproductive rights in Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances.
"They don't agree with abortion under any circumstances, so they've nailed their colours to the mast in terms of how they feel about women being able to access reproductive healthcare here," a spokesperson for campaign group Alliance for Choice told BuzzFeed News when May announced talks with the DUP on Friday.
Downing Street’s former director of communications has accused May’s closest advisers of pushing “batshit crazy ideas”.
Labour has taken Kensington for the first time ever
After three recounts, Labour has taken Kensington for the first time in its history. Emma Dent Coad got 16,333 votes for the party with an 11% swing, beating the Tories by just 20 votes.
"You did it! Brilliant brave Kensington voters," the an update on the official Twitter account for the local party read, posted shortly after the result was declared.
ITV political editor Robert Peston tweeted that Labour taking Kensington was a "measure of Tory humiliation," noting that the average house price in the area is £1.4 million.
The result, the final seat to be counted, gives the Conservatives a total of 318 seats and Labour 262.
Students might just have clinched it for Labour in the Tories' top target seat
City of Chester was the Conservatives' No. 1 target in the country, with Labour MP Chris Matheson defending an ultra-slim majority of just 93 votes.
Rather than losing the seat, he increased his majority from just 93 votes to a very comfortable 9,176 – with Chester going from marginal to one of the safer Labour seats in the area.
Last month he told BuzzFeed News that the city's 15,000 students could be key come polling day – and it looks like he was right. Read more here.
Trump supporters have discovered the DUP and it’s just the absolute worst.
Theresa May, the Conservative prime minister who once said Tories should stop being the "nasty party", announced on Friday that she plans to govern by working with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party following her failure to win a majority in the UK election.
May's statement sparked fury, as the DUP is known for an aggressively socially conservative agenda and has fiercely opposed LGBT rights, including blocking votes on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, and been stringently anti-abortion – even in the case of rape. Some members have also supported creationism and denied climate change.
News of a possible coalition between DUP and the Conservatives lit up 4chan's /pol/ messageboard Friday morning.
–Ryan Broderick and James Ball
Here's what happened the last time Britain had minority governments
The Tory government called a snap election with just a few weeks' notice. It was a time of national crisis; the government had a small majority, and wanted to give itself room to manoeuvre. Its campaign warned that the left-wing Labour opposition would take money from voters' pockets. But the gamble backfired badly – the Conservative vote slumped, their majority vanished and Labour were resurgent.
But this was not June 2017, it was February 1974. The Tory leader was Edward Heath, and his Labour opponent Harold Wilson.
Four decades before Theresa May threw away her majority in an unnecessary election, Britain went through a tumultuous few years of minority government, political uncertainty, and endless horsetrading over votes to keep the country running. The parallels between that period and the new political reality of 2017 offer a stark illustration of the difficulties of surviving as a government that can't control the House of Commons.
At the February 1974 election, Wilson's Labour became the largest party, although he lacked the seats to form a majority even in coalition with the Liberals. Labour tried to govern as a minority, but to no one's surprise it couldn't get anything very much done. A second election was soon called, in October that year, from which Labour scraped a majority of just three seats.
Theresa May gambled on getting UKIP's votes – here's how she failed
Theresa May's electoral gambit was a simple one, there for everyone to see in her campaign speeches and the Conservative party's Facebook adverts: The prime minister wanted to make 2017 the Brexit election, sell herself as the woman to do it, and net as many of the 3.8 million people who voted UKIP in 2015 as possible.
On paper, this looked like a winning strategy. UKIP's voters – compared to the UK average – are older, more socially conservative, and less educated. They overwhelmingly support Brexit, want more controls on immigration, and are concerned about national security.
That was the campaign the Conservatives ran: May said a victory would "strengthen my hand" in Brexit negotiations, would avoid a "coalition of chaos" and any chance of another EU referendum, and would protect national security.
On paper, it should have been the perfect way to capture a group of voters naturally wary of Jeremy Corbyn. In practice, it was a dismal failure, analysis by BuzzFeed News reveals.
BuzzFeed News gathered data on the voting totals in each of the 100 seats in which UKIP performed best in 2015. Of the 100, one was won by UKIP, 70 by the Tories, and 29 by Labour (many of which appeared on the Conservatives' target list in 2017, including Mansfield, Dudley North, and Batley and Spen).
–Aisha Gani and James Ball