British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has denied plotting to topple Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been weakened by the Conservative Party's disastrous election result. Instead, Thursday's vote damaged her authority and made her negotiating position more vulnerable to criticism.
The Labour MP, who has been a critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he recognised the party ran an "effective campaign" but a Conservative prime minister now sits in No 10. But May soldiered on Friday, re-appointing senior ministers to her Cabinet and holding talks with a small Northern Irish party about shoring up her minority government. She also backed Labour, though the Conservatives took the seat from the Scottish National Party. Labour, with 262 seats, is similarly a loser and victor at the same time: in second place, but with a result much better than expected. "If she has an ounce of self-respect, she will resign", said Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, while Conservative M.P. and former minister Anna Soubry said May "is in a very hard place... she now has to obviously consider her position".
"As I reflect on the result, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said before adding "I obviously wanted a different result".
"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility", Corbyn said, predicting that there could be another election within months. "And I don't feel like the current prime minister or, indeed, the Tory party, has any idea about what to do with Brexit at the moment".
It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one suggested support might come vote by vote.
European Council President Donald Tusk warned there was "no time to lose" in starting the negotiations, with the two-year countdown to Britain's exit from the European bloc already well underway.
In the immediate aftermath of the results, the Labour Party, more particularly its leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been baying for her resignation but she is determined to continue.
Brexit negotiations will be more hard for British Prime Minister Theresa May following the general election results, a think-tank expert said Friday.
European Union leaders expressed fears that Mrs May's shock loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing. Which would essentially mean that the United Kingdom would be out of the single market, out of the customs union, and if it can, would negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU or just crash out, which is pretty disastrous.
"We need a government that can act", EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.
Britain's typically pro-Conservative press questioned whether she could remain in power with the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.
The Labour MP for Nottingham East refused to say whether he thought Mr Corbyn was credible prime minister.
May has said that she will begin to form her government, with the support of the DUP (Democratic Unionists Party). I think a lot of people voted because they were fed up.