Talks between Theresa May and DUP 'going well'

Theresa May apologises to own MPs for election 'mess'

Theresa May apologises to own MPs for election 'mess'

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told rank-and-file lawmakers from her Conservative Party that she takes responsibility for their general-election defeat last week and will stay on as head of government only as long as they want her to.

But May faces a hard balancing act: Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.

May faced Conservative party lawmakers at a meeting of its 1922 Committee.

Mrs May has struggled to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in the snap election.

The talks with the DUP follow her apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting for the party's poor election result.

She said: "I think there is a unity of goal among people in the United Kingdom".

Ms May appeared contrite, sought to apologise for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was scheduled to meet the leader of a small Northern Irish Protestant party on Tuesday to save her premiership and avoid a second election that would thrust Brexit negotiations into turmoil.

Speaking to MPs for the first time since the result, the Prime Minister finally showed real remorse.

"We achieved what we did last Thursday because we were a united party during the campaign and we need to maintain that unity and collective discipline in the weeks and months ahead".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned Mrs May's election slogans against her, claiming a link-up between the Tories and DUP would be a "coalition of chaos".

May wants to pull Britain out of the single market, largely to control immigration, and then negotiate a trade deal with the EU.

Arlene Foster told ITV news, 'There's been a lot of hyperbole talked about our position to the gay community.

"Obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the Queen's Speech", said May's deputy, Damian Green, referring to an agreement with the DUP.

But her election failure means she must now go into Britain's most complex negotiations since World War Two with her eye firmly on the different factions within her Conservative Party, which has been divided over European Union membership for a generation.

Scottish Conservatives sharply increased their representation in the Westminster parliament last week, in contrast to the party's losses in England, strengthening the influence of their leader Ruth Davidson within the party.

"The Tory civil war on the European Union which has ripped it apart since the Maastricht rebellions of the early 1990s, and which the referendum was supposed to solve, is now raging again", said Chris Grey, an academic who specialises in Brexit at Royal Holloway college in London.

The first test of any deal is expected to come at the Queen's Speech - a formal occasion at which the government asks Parliament to approve its legislative agenda. That economic factor, Meban says, is likely why Northern Ireland voted "remain" by a majority of 56 percent.

Foster has let the Prime Minister squirm for days as the DUP stalls in making its support for May official.

The DUP is believed to be more favourable to a "soft Brexit" that would keep Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing.

May is due to hold a meeting at Downing Street Tuesday with DUP leader Arlene Foster to discuss the working relationship between the two parties.

Miles Celic, the chief executive of TheCityUK, Britain's most powerful financial lobby group, said the comments indicated the government plans to continue with its current strategy and that it retains a parliamentary majority to leave the EU.

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