Weakened May nears deal to form new government
LONDON | A chastened Prime Minister Theresa May made progress Tuesday in securing a deal with a small Northern Ireland party with whom she hopes to govern, just days after a catastrophic election wiped out her majority in Parliament.
Mrs. May desperately needs the Democratic Unionist Party’s 10 seats to pass legislation. The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the DUP backs Mrs. May on the budget and her confidence motions in return for policies favorable to Northern Ireland — a situation that could lead to huge benefits for a small part of the United Kingdom.
Mrs. May had called the vote early in hopes of strengthening her majority going into talks on exiting the European Union. Instead, she found the opposition Labor Party unexpectedly making a strong second-place showing and national politics thrown into disarray.