Theresa May 'will serve us as long as we want her' - MPs

Theresa May 'will serve us as long as we want her' - MPs

May's Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in last Thursday's snap general election, causing political chaos ahead of the Brexit talks with the European Union which are set to start next week.

The talks with the DUP follow May's apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting Monday which signaled she would be more open to consultation, particularly with business leaders demanding answers about the details on Britain's departure from the European Union.

On Tuesday, DUP leader Arlene Foster said a deal would happen sooner rather than later.

"I hope that we can reach a conclusion sooner than later", Foster said.

The former Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major argued that the party's loss of its Commons majority meant that Mrs May 's hard Brexit stance was "increasingly unsustainable".

Mr Green said the Brexit talks were "the most urgent task facing the new Government". "But we are going into these talks with the national interest at heart", Foster had said ahead of the meeting.

Reports suggest the deal will provide the broad outlines of an agreement between the DUP and the Conservatives, with further talks on a rolling basis as legislation is brought before the House of Commons.

An initial round of talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster ended with no agreement on Tuesday, although both sides said they were hopeful, with talks to resume Wednesday.

Mr Corbyn addressed the first meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party since the election last night, receiving his second standing ovation of the day from a group that passed a vote of no confidence in him a year ago.

She told the influential 1922 Committee of backbench MPs that she had got the party into "this mess" by calling the snap election, but she would "get us out of it".

Sinn Fein has said the prospect of a deal between the Conservatives and the DUP is causing anxiety and fear, with the party warning it could have implications for power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated May on "returning as PM" and said he "looked forward to this parliament, however short it may be", in reference to her weakened support base as the head of a minority government. This, in my opinion, would make the whole process even less democratic, because her mandate is now much weaker than it was before the election.

"We stand at a critical time with those Brexit negotiations starting only next week - I think that stability is important".

The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, also expressed his frustration.

Scotland voted by 62 percent to remain in the European Union in last year's historic referendum but it wasn't enough to change the overall United Kingdom result, with 52 percent in favor of leaving.

While some members of her party have said she will have to go eventually, May is expected to stay on as prime minister at least for now.

Asked about the possibility of a Norway option, he answered: "We're not going down that route".

"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.

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