Jeremy Corbyn could have been Prime Minister if it wasn't for Scotland

Theresa May returned to Downing Street and will govern with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party after a disastrous election night for the PM saw her party lose its Commons majority.

"I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it", she said, Reuters reports, citing a Conservative lawmaker who attended the meeting.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a deal with a Northern Irish Protestant party to save her premiership today as she comes under intense pressure to soften her approach to Brexit days before formal European Union divorce talks.

A leading Conservative MP who was present at the 1922 committee meeting told the Guardian newspaper later that May was "contrite and genuine but not on her knees" as she apologised to MPs for the election result that cost the Conservatives its majority in the House of Commons.

She added that there should be "changes in the offer on Brexit as we go forward" - a direct challenge to the prime minister's authority.

A delay in forming a government could push back the start of Brexit talks, now scheduled for June 19, and reduce the time available for what are expected to be the most complex negotiations in post-World War Two European history.

One of those is Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives who helped the party win 12 more seats in contrast to losses elsewhere, one of the few whose personal stature was enhanced by the result. "It has to be said, young voters under 30 who disproportionately like the policies of Jeremy Corbyn were expected to turn out in quite low numbers and they turned out in droves yesterday and that really has pushed the agenda more in Jeremy Corbyn's favour and away from the conservatives who really tapped into an older constituency in recent elections", says French.

Senior Labour sources said conversations had taken place to allow back-channels between the two parties to negotiate amendments to Brexit Bills which would soften the exit.

The talks with the DUP follow May's apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting Monday that 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.

DUP leader Arlene Foster arrived for talks with May.

This was to include restricted freedom of movement of goods, services and people, with no membership of the free single market or customs union, which ensures seamless trade between European Union (EU) countries.

She is now seeking an alliance with a hardline unionist party in Northern Ireland to cling on to power.

The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as the price of a deal.

May apologised to Conservative MPs on Monday, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from her predecessor David Cameron when she came to power a year ago following the UK's vote to exit the European Union (EU).

May's office responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward".

"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News.

"The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone", he said.

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