Theresa May is desperately clinging to power despite a mountain of problems stacking up against her.
On Sunday, a deal between the Tories and the DUP descended into farce when the Northern Irish party denied Downing Street claims that a “confidence and supply” arrangement had been reached with the DUP.
No 10 initially said on Saturday an outline agreement had been reached with the DUP, but it later disclosed no deal had been finalised.
On Sunday, the chances of a deal strengthened with Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP, confirming she would travel to No 10 for talks on Tuesday after saying “good progress” had been made.
The strength of any potential deal looks set to be tested when the Commons meets on Monday, with Jeremy Corbyn vowing to try to bring down the Government by defeating Mrs May in Parliament and insisting: “I can still be prime minister.”
On Sunday morning, Mr Corbyn cut a relaxed figure on the Andrew Marr Show, vowing to vote down Mrs May’s Queen Speech and lead Britain out of the EU.
And Mrs May appears to be losing her grip on true blue Tories, with the influential ConservativeHome website “reluctantly” calling for her to resign on Sunday morning.
Also on Sunday morning, the former Chancellor George Osborne added to Mrs May’s woes by describing her as a “dead woman walking”.
Deal or no deal?
The deal between Mrs May and the DUP has been little short of a fiasco.
On Saturday evening Number 10 released a statement saying: “We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative Government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week.”
Following talks between Mrs May and the DUP on Saturday night, a second statement confirmed that no final deal had been reached.
It read: “The Prime Minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week.
“We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond.
“As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward.”
Boris on the march?
In another sign of the dangers facing Mrs May, Sunday papers reported that Boris Johnson was either being encouraged to make a leadership bid in an effort to oust her, or actually preparing one – a claim dismissed as “tripe” by the Foreign Secretary.
ally of Mr Johnson told the newspaper: “We are facing a populist and they have realised we need someone who can talk to the people.
“We need a Brexiteer. Boris is the only option with the liberal values, Brexit credentials and popular appeal.”
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “The Foreign Secretary is 100% supporting the PM and working with her to get the best deal for Britain.”