May seeks to rally party lawmakers behind her leadership

May seeks to rally party lawmakers behind her leadership

May began talks with the Northern Ireland-based party to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.

May and DUP leader Arlene Foster held more than an hour of talks on Tuesday, after which Foster said an agreement, which is expected to be more informal than a coalition, could be done "sooner rather than later".

"We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that nearly 13 million people voted for last week".

Others present said the PM gave one of her most emotional and warm speeches, with one remarking there was "none of the Maybot", while banging of the tables and cheers could be heard throughout the meeting.

May is due to begin Brexit negotiations with Brussels on June 19 in a weaker position than before the June election.

But that looks increasingly unlikely as Conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May fights for her political life after unexpectedly losing her majority in parliament.

"In the past, Prime Ministers and retired statespersons could fly in to Belfast, to provide cover for a new compromise between the parties that allowed them to get back to work", he said.

At the meeting with lawmakers in Parliament, May recognised that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear that she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

May plans a clean break from the EU, involving withdrawal from Europe's single market and customs union and limits on immigration from the EU. Diplomats from some of the 27 other European Union member states said they were willing to listen to new proposals from Britain. "Running a country is more hard and she's formidably good at that".

"I find it incredibly self indulgent for the Tory party to be going for this sort of stuff", he said on ITV television.

He also said the government would "walk away" with no deal if talks broke down on ending Britain's four-decade membership of the European bloc.

David Davis, the cabinet member in charge of Brexit, said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday as planned because it would clash with the scheduled date of the Queen's Speech.

"Overall, we believe that the election outcome will hamper Brexit negotiations and increase fiscal risks, and therefore be negative for the U.K.'s credit profile", Moody's said in a statement.

Pressure on Theresa May to pursue a more cross-party approach to Brexit with greater focus on the economy is growing amid reports of secret talks between Cabinet ministers and Labour MPs.

Negotiations are now ongoing between Northern Ireland's main political parties to restore power sharing and a devolved executive, following an election in March. 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.

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew (Fermanagh and South Tyrone) raised concern about an alliance, saying: "This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and wary of what it may mean, and what promises will be given or promises extracted from Theresa May".

One DUP demand would see any political donations to Sinn Fein from outside the United Kingdom banned, a move which would strip the party of access to cash from the U.S. where a large ethnic Irish population offers financial support.

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