Talks between UK PM May's Conservatives and N.Ireland's DUP restart

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British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the Conservatives' disastrous performance in last week's election as she faced her party's angry MPs today, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

Before travelling to the French capital, Mrs May had been leading the talks with the DUP.

But with no overall parliamentary majority and no certainty of even getting her Cabinet approved by lawmakers, Mrs May knows that any concessions to the European Union may well spark even bigger divisions within her ruling Conservative Party. Despite anger at the election, she was cheered briefly at the start of the meeting.

"It may not be on the Monday because we also have got the Queen's Speech that week and I will have to speak in that, and so on", he told Sky News.

Theresa May makes heartfelt appeal to Tory MPs to remain Prime Minister and "get us out of" this mess.

Despite the speculation over Mrs May's fate, her position appears secure for now.

May tried to reassert her shattered authority at the weekend by announcing her new cabinet - with no changes among her top team.

During the campaign, May cast herself as the only leader competent enough to navigate the tortuous Brexit negotiations that will shape the future of the United Kingdom and its $2.5 trillion economy.

The difficulty facing the proponents of such a political shift is that May is more in thrall to the Brexit wing of her party than ever-exemplified by her bringing Michael Gove in from the cold as environment secretary and Steve Baker as under-secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the EU.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned Mrs May's election slogans against her, claiming a link-up between the Tories and DUP would be a "coalition of chaos". May's insistence on a clean break with the EU.

"The danger is that however much any government tries they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locked into a parliamentary deal", former Conservative prime minister John Major told BBC radio. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told The Financial Times.

May has taken the blame for the Conservatives' relatively poor showing in last Thursday's election, in which the party surprisingly lost its majority.

Others will object to the DUP's opposition to women's rights to choose to have an abortion, and the influence of a party which attracts support from a paramilitary group.

His warning comes after two years of nearly constant sniping from moderate Labour MPs who believed he had no hope of ever winning an election.

Ratings agency Moody's and Irish Prime Minister-designate Leo Varadkar also said the election made the opportunity of a "Soft Brexit" more likely, but Davis downplayed the chances of Britain staying in the single market.

"If this was British politics Arlene Foster would have been long gone" Meagher continued, referring to the DUP leader's involvement in the failed renewable energy scheme nicknamed the 'cash for ash scandal'.

In an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Foster listed three priorities, including getting Northern Ireland's devolved power-sharing government at Stormont working again.

That would help safeguard jobs and trade with European Union members, but would severely restrict the UK's ability to strike its own trade deals around the world.

"We will use the position we find ourselves in to do as we promised". "There was none of the Maybot", one backbencher said. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, reported that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers to come up with a "softer", less hard-line divorce from the EU. The Institute of Directors survey said company directors see no clear way to resolve the political situation quickly. It found a negative swing of 34 points in confidence from its last survey in May.

The Brexit discussions are due to start on June 19. On Monday, the currency was under pressure once again. "The intent is to ensure that we have the stability of Government in the national interest".

"That reputation in 12 months has been destroyed, truly destroyed".

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