Pressure builds on Theresa May to quit

She ignored younger people, who preferred to stay in the European Union past year and who now prefer the Labour Party to the Tories by a huge margin — 63 per cent to 27 per cent. Timothy conceded in a statement that he had failed to carry out an effective election campaign, while the British Press Agency reported Hill was stepping down. Former Conservative cabinet minister Owen Paterson, asked about her future, said: "Let's see how it pans out".

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, have resigned.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also called for details of the deal to be published, saying: "The actions of this (Conservative) government will have profound implications for the Brexit negotiations and the future of our country".

May announced on Friday she would seek to form a minority government with the help of a small Northern Irish party, the far-right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

May earlier on Saturday lost her two closest aides as she struggled to reassert her leadership after a crushing election setback.

The outcome leaves May on Saturday battling to unite different factions in her party and reliant on the 10 seats of socially-conservative Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party parliamentarians just nine days before the United Kingdom begins negotiating its departure from the EU.

Mrs May is seeking to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs to win key votes in Parliament.

Timothy said Sunday that the election result was "a huge disappointment".

But media reports suggest they had demanded the departure of May's joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, as the price for allowing the 60-year-old vicar's daughter to stay in office.

Ms May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her Brexit plans, so she could slash immigration. 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.

Davidson also said she had received reassurances from May that the party's deal with the DUP would not involve a rollback of gay rights.

"I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party". If she remains prime minister — if her famously regicidal party does not defenestrate her immediately — her majority will be neither strong nor stable, particularly because her party is riven by divisions over Brexit, too.

The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there was "no time to lose" in starting talks, after May started the two-year countdown to Brexit on March 29.

The Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel the Labour party into power under Jeremy Corbyn, who supports renationalisation of key industries and higher taxes for business and top earners.

Both stepped down amid calls for the Prime Minister to sack them or face a leadership challenge on Monday.

The new parliament will be sworn in Tuesday, but the real test for May is likely to come on June 19, when MPs are to vote on her programme after it is outlined in parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on June 19.

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