UK's May Vows to Deliver Conservatives From 'Mess' Caused by Election Setback

THE TORIES HAVE been told that forming a government with the DUP could jeopardise the peace process in Northern Ireland.

The uncertainty has hit business confidence, according to a survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD).

In a reflection of her newfound humility, May managed a joke at her own expense as Britain's House of Commons got underway in the first sitting after Thursday's general election.

Corbyn ran an increasingly effective campaign, energizing the party's base and almost closing the once-wide margin between Labour and the Conservative Party, but he remained a divisive figure for many around the country during the election campaign.

Instead, the shock outcome has left May weakened among her Conservative Party and thrown open her Brexit strategy to criticism from peers, some of whom want to ditch the current plan to leave the European Union single market and customs union.

"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". During the election campaign, May had used the "coalition of chaos" phrase to describe what a victory for Labour would look like.

May moved to demonstrate that she understands the frustration of voters by moving up a meeting with rank-and-file Conservative Party lawmakers, some of whom have called for her to step aside sooner rather than later.

"I am going to be backing her, and absolutely everybody I'm talking to is going to be backing her too", said Johnson, who had been touted as a possible successor to May.

Davis had said earlier that walking away from the Brexit talks was one of Britain's options in their negotiations. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers.

British MPs, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, told reporters that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election.

Her major problem is that the DUP is at loggerheads with the nationalist Sinn Fein party.

Foster will nearly certainly ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as part of the deal, as well as guarantees on support for pension plans and for winter fuel allowances for older people.

The Northern Ireland Secretary, James Brokenshire, and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, were also in attendance.

"The reality of this Parliament inevitably will be one of a great deal of consultation, a lot of work trying to build alliances, probably even on individual aspects of legislation, to try to pull in support from people in other parties".

Former Prime Minister John Major said he was concerned a deal with the DUP could thrust the province back towards violence almost two decades since a US-brokered peace deal brought peace to Northern Ireland.

Devolution in Northern Ireland is based on the template laid out in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The stakes for May are high.

May's party fell eight seats short of retaining its parliamentary majority, and is now in talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which won 10 seats to forge an informal alliance. If that happens, Corbyn will demand a chance to try to form a government by uniting progressive factors in the House of Commons.

Labour's former deputy leader also added on Radio 4 that it would be in the national interest for her party to "stop the pig's ear of a job that the Tories have been doing" on Britain's exit from the European Union ahead of the negotiations that are due to begin in less than a week.

The two leaders will discuss the progress of the talks to relaunch the North's power-sharing institutions and the forthcoming Brexit negotiations between the British Government and the European Union, which are scheduled to start next Monday.

"Next week, it will be three months after the sending of the Article 50 letter", Mr Barnier said, referencing the UK's formal withdrawal notification letter.

"My preoccupation is that time is passing - it's passing quicker than anyone believes - because the subjects we need to deal with are extraordinarily complex from a technical, judicial and financial point of view".

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