'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says speculation he wants to be Prime Minister is "tripe".

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday was seeking a deal with a small Northern Irish party that she needs to stay in power after a disastrous election that destroyed her authority days before Brexit talks are due to start.

Anna Soubry, who has been Broxtowe MP since 2010 and was returned for another term with a majority of 863, said in a statement: "I want to make it clear that I know and have good relations with a number of DUP MPs (indeed I can say the same about a number of Labour MPs), but that does not mean I agree with their policies on abortion and LBGT issues - on the contrary I profoundly disagree with them". Let's get on with the job'. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is on a "permanent leadership campaign", he said.

Other Conservative lawmakers, who are critical of May for calling a snap election that saw the party's parliamentary majority wiped out at in last Thursday's upset election, are already discussing other possible soft Brexit contenders to replace May, arguing there's no longer a majority in the House of Commons for a sharp break with the EU.

Reports surfaced Saturday that May was nearing a final deal to form a government with the help Democratic Unionist Party, a socially conservative, primarily Protestant bloc based in Northern Ireland.

"I sought, and to be fair to the prime minister, received a categoric assurance that in talking to the DUP that there would be no suggestion of any rollback on LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom", she said. The leader of the Scottish Conservative party Ruth Davidson- who announced her engagement to her partner Jen Wilson in May- been very firm that LGBT rights can not be compromised by a DUP alliance. The DUP would likely provide backing for a Conservative budget and back key legislation as part of a "confidence and supply" deal in return for Conservative approval of certain DUP objectives.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with May "and indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put (the Good Friday Agreement) at risk".

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, told the BBC she had words with May over the DUP's record on LGBT rights.

"I know that Mrs May is desperate to find some way to cling on to power in Westminster, but I appeal to her to reconsider doing so propped up by one side from Northern Ireland politics".

And Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party secured 262 seats compared to the Conservatives' 318 in the 650-seat parliament, has not given up hope of being able to do so.

He said his party would seek to vote down May's Queen's Speech, or programme for government, when she presented it to parliament.

"I believe Theresa will step down and in due course we will have a new Prime Minister but in the meantime we need a period of stability". He was also a backer of Brexit, and lost to May in the 2015 Tory leadership election.

A partnership between the Conservatives and the DUP may threaten the ability of the British government to be a neutral broker between the unionists and the nationalists, Mr Jonathan Powell, former chief British government negotiator on Northern Ireland, wrote in The Guardian. The 68-year-old galvanised support from many young voters, who turned up to vote Labour in unusually high numbers on Thursday.