I'm going to get us out of this mess: UK PM

LONDON-Prime Minister Theresa May addressed Conservative lawmakers for the first time since last week's election and sought to convince them that she would take the party out of the "mess" she created, after a disappointing outcome weakened her grip on power.

One senior pro-EU lawmaker who attended a party meeting with May - and who herself opposed Brexit previous year - said the prime minister told them she wanted to build a "consensus" on how to pull out of current arrangements with Britain's main trading partner.

The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged nearly two percent since Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to parliament.

In Strasbourg where members of the European Parliament are holding the monthly plenary, MEPs seem broadly frustrated and impatient by Britain's domestic politics and the delay they are causing.

May is now in talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - which won 10 seats - to forge an informal alliance.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce a motion of no confidence in the government early next week, when the Queen opens the newly elected Parliament, thereby forcing a new general election that, based on the latest opinion polls, Labour could win.

The UK risks a cliff edge "no deal" withdrawal from the EU if it "wastes" more time before beginning its Brexit negotiations, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator has warned.

Davis told BBC radio on Monday that the government stood by its threat to "walk away" with no deal if talks - when they do eventually start - break down.

However other senior Tories predicted MPs would rally round, insisting there was no mood in the party for a damaging leadership contest which could see them plunged into a fresh general election.

Mr Green said the Brexit talks were "the most urgent task facing the new Government".

May responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", her office said.

May is also scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron later in the day.

"Trying to make a hung Parliament and a minority government work requires a much more inclusive approach and bringing people into the decision-making process", said Mr Graham Brady, the leader of the Conservative backbenchers, in a clear swipe at Mrs May, who previously paid little heed to their concerns.

"Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France... is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

Mrs May has struggled to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in the snap election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May gives a speech at 10 Downing Street after meeting with the Queen in London, Britain on June 9, 2017.

Over the weekend, Mrs May's top two aides stepped aside.

Yet no number of foreign summits will protect Mrs May from charges that domestic electoral failure means she is now, at best, a stopgap leader soon to be ditched by her own Conservative Party, a "dead woman walking", as one of her main critics cruelly put it.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far.

"We believe in the Union, we believe in national stable government and that will be at the forefront of our mind going into these talks again tomorrow". "The union as I've said before is our guiding star", she said.

According to sources, Tuesday's discussions are likely to focus on the government's legislative plans for the year ahead as well as the upcoming Brexit negotiations due to begin on June 19, and their particular implications for Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland and trade.

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