Senior UK Cabinet ministers offer support to prime minister

Theresa May Crying over spilled milk

Theresa May Crying over spilled milk

The visibly weakened premier denied she was feeling "shell-shocked" when quizzed in an interview with Sky News. Most noticeable is Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party (who won 13 out of 59 Scottish seats, up from just one in 2015), has threatened to break away from the Conservatives to form a separate organisation, see The Telegraph.

But she has now appointed him Environment Secretary - as she demoted Andrea Leadsom to leader of the House of Commons.

The agency, quoting two unnamed sources from the meeting, said May told lawmakers that she was the one "who got us into this mess" and that she was the "one who will get us out of it".

But rumors swirled of plots to oust May.

Boris Johnson, who remains in his post as foreign secretary, moved to scotch talk of a leadership challenge.

"If they don't accept the phased negotiations then we will take a year to draw up a new set of negotiating guidelines for Barnier", one senior European Union diplomat said, adding that the European Union could not understand Britain's continued claim that it would be able to discuss trade and the divorce terms in parallel.

"Opposition lawmakers and some in her own party have said May does not have a mandate for her plan to remove Britain from the EU's single market, after she failed to win a parliamentary majority at last week's national election".

However, Crosby's allies point out that their lead over Labour remained huge in the early part of the campaign, before fading in the wake of the botched manifesto launch.

Theresa May's immediate reaction to the last Thursday's general election results was reportedly one of stunned silence, before the Prime Minister "burst into tears". But few believe she can hang on for more than a few months.

During a visit to Mexico a day earlier, the German chancellor said she did not expect any significant delay in the talks between Britain and the EU.

The leader of the Democratic Unionists has pledged to exercise the party's enhanced influence at Westminster responsibly.

Weeping Prime Minister Theresa May
Weeping Prime Minister Theresa May

He acknowledged that the government will now be unable to get through Parliament numerous measures promised in its election platform.

Nearly all medium-sized businesses want to maintain access to the single market and customs union, according to a study from Harvard University's Kennedy School co-authored by Ed Balls, a former Labour politician, and Peter Sands, former CEO of Standard Chartered Plc.

Labour's election campaign made serious inroads without the help of big hitters like Chuka Umunna and Yvette Cooper, raising the question over whether such figures are even needed to take the party forward. In a two year period defined by political shocks on both sides of the Atlantic, the rapid reversal of fortunes in the run up to the general election is arguably the most surprising. That means the Democratic Unionist Party would back the government on confidence motions and budget votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact.

Mrs Foster branded some of the commentary and analysis about her party as "inaccurate and misleading".

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.

Mr Brokenshire said: "It is important to distinguish what happens at Westminster and the votes that take place here, and devolution and the obligations and responsibilities that we hold fast to in relation to Northern Ireland".

"We stood on a clear policy platform of wanting to strengthen the Union, of working for a good deal for Northern Ireland as the United Kingdom leaves the EU and of promising to do our best to get Stormont up and running again for the benefit of all".

But he warned against James Brokenshire being brought in as a mediator to the negotiations, saying he represents the "partisan" British Government.

"There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way". Already there are expectations that the Queen's Speech, which would outline the government's legislative agenda for next year, will be delayed from next Monday. Without the amendments, he said, Labor would try to vote down the speech. "I can be prime minister in months", it says, splashing with a picture of a smiling Jeremy Corbyn.

The PM is said to have complained privately: "I look stupid". "This is still on".

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