Still reeling from her shocking loss of her parliamentary majority, British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled on Sunday to garner support in her efforts to form a new government.
According to the Belfast Agreement, which largely ended decades of violence between Irish Catholic nationalists and pro-British Protestant unionists, the government in London must maintain a neutral stance between the opposing sides.
The prime minister is due for a showdown with her MPs on Monday afternoon for the first time after failing to win a majority in last week's general election.
The DUP Deputy leader Nigel Dodds said that they have had a constructive meeting with Sinn Fein and they want devolution to strive.
Arlene Foster said she hoped to capitalise on opportunities the situation presented for Northern Ireland.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Sunday that the plans were unchanged but added it was "very, very important that we're careful about the existing trade that we do with Europe, about access to the single market".
Party President Gerry Adams claimed a referendum on uniting the U.K. region with the Republic of Ireland is now "inevitable". "We want to negotiate quickly, we want to negotiate in the agreed time frame", Merkel said.
The 1998 multiparty deal stipulated there would be "rigorous impartiality" from London on any disputes in Northern Ireland. The Telegraph writes that nearly two-thirds of Conservative Party members want Theresa May to resign.
The unexpected snap election has already forced the Queen to cancel an Order of the Garter service and to accept a stripped-down State Opening without a procession, robes or the state crown.
Theresa May's most senior minister has confirmed the Queen's Speech could be delayed.
"What's clear is that there is going to be a real imperative on the economic impact of Brexit, to make sure that Brexit works for the whole country, to make that we're able to pursue free trade", Davidson said.
While Britons voted by 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in last year's referendum, Scots strongly backed staying in the bloc and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister in Scotland's devolved assembly, said a so-called Hard Brexit was "dead in the water".
The DUP was founded in 1971 by hardline Protestant politician and clergyman Ian Paisley.
However, for a British government to be beholden to unionist lawmakers sets a risky precedent, according to some commentators.
Rishi Khosla, the chief executive of OakNorth Bank, said the uncertainty around the minority government will hurt the economy for the next couple of years, but in the end it will be a better result for Britain.
Policies now in doubt include the commitment for a wave of new grammar schools as well as the government's controversial social care plans.
London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.
An executive at one worldwide bank warned that because the negotiating clock is now ticking there is now a higher likelihood that the government will fail to get a deal altogether by the March 2019 deadline.
More than 600,000 people have signed a petition condemning the alliance, saying it is a "disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power".
Ms Davidson also signalled that other parties could be more involved in negotiations.
This body has no apparent legal status or membership list, prompting queries as to how it could fund the DUP's huge advertising move.
"From an outsider looking in, the notion that potentially the event of the century in the U.K.is going to depend on ten Northern Irish MPs is beyond ludicrousness", he said.
Former party leaders have warned any immediate leadership challenge would be too disruptive, but most commentators believe May can not survive in the long-term. He was acquitted in court after a judge found his remarks did not amount to being "grossly" offensive under the law.
The evangelical Christian cleric provoked outrage when he described Islam as "heathen", "satanic" and "a doctrine spawned in hell". He apologized after charges were brought against him.
Questions are also swirling around senior DUP figures' involvement with quasi-paramilitary groups, particularly in the 1980s, such as Ulster Resistance.