Jeremy Corbyn enjoys kickabout as politics takes a backseat

Chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill resigned shortly after Conservative members of parliament said failure to get rid of May's two close aides could spark an immediate fight for leadership of the party.

Many Tories are furious with the Prime Minister for losing her Commons majority and are blaming her personally and her inner circle.

In his resignation letter, Timothy said that the campaign had failed to convey May's "positive plan for the future" to voters and urged Conservatives to rally behind the embattled prime minister. May said she was in talks with the Democratic Unionists - a socially conservative, pro-British Protestant party in Northern Ireland - on an agreement to "work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom". She said that the most senior Cabinet members would retain their role, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Treasury chief Philip Hammond.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and talks must start quickly.

May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result.

With the complex talks on the divorce from the European Union due to start in 10 days, it was unclear what their direction would now be and if the so-called "Hard Brexit" taking Britain out of a single market could still be pursued.

With talks between the Tories and the DUP expected to begin within days, Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey expressed concern about the impact of any deal on the political process in Northern Ireland, with the powersharing administration now suspended.

The DUP agreed to supporting to the government on a "confidence and supply" basis, which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition partnership.

John Redwood, a senior Conservative, disputes the claim, arguing the result did not mean there should be any softening in a hard divorce from Europe, noting that Labour, the second largest party, also endorsed Brexit in its election manifesto.

The result has caused a fresh bout of selling of the British pound, and made European Union leaders still more uncertain about Britain's Brexit priorities.

While Evans is not among MPs calling for May to resign, he slammed her style of governance as tone deaf to her own Cabinet ministers and MPs, who he said were better in touch with voters on the ground.

We are quite clear on the constitutional position which is that Theresa May has the most seats and she is the incumbent Prime Minister.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP. People told pollsters that they were anxious about the future of the National Health Service, that they didnt like Mays flip-flops on elderly care, that they were unnerved by instability unleashed by the Tories.

Writing in The Times she said: "Mrs May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn't understand how destructive they both were". The tabloid Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

The supposed loser, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, savored a surprisingly strong result and basked in the adulation of an energized, youthful base.

But Theresa was misled by the polls, which, until we got dangerously close to the election, portrayed her as a popular leader with a commanding lead over her rivals, particularly Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party. "A government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".

DUP leader Arlene Foster's initial comments were non-committal: "The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and 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". Allen said she couldn't see May hanging on for "more than six months".

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