Weak­ened May nears deal to form new gov­ern­ment

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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.

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