UK's May vows to deliver Conservatives from 'mess' caused by election setback

British Prime Minister Theresa May's future was hanging in the balance Monday as she prepared for a showdown with angry MPs from her Conservative party following its disastrous performance in last week's election.

Addressing what is known as the Conservative's 1922 committee, May told the politicians: "I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out of it".

The turmoil started when May chose to hold snap elections to gain more seats for her party, which already had majority in parliament, to strengthen her position in the upcoming Brexit talks scheduled for June 19.

May, who ahead of the June referendum supported remaining in the European Union, has promised to start the formal Brexit talks next week but opponents of a sharp break with the European Union took her woes as a chance to push back against her strategy.

Lawmakers, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, told Reuters that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election. "Now is the time for delivery-and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work", he wrote in The Sun tabloid.

Earlier today it emerged the state opening of Parliament could be pushed back from the scheduled date of June 19, in anticipation of potential difficulties securing a "confidence and supply" arrangement with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Labour may have won 30 seats, but it still falls 64 seats short of a possibility to form a majority government, and even if it aligned with all other left-leaning parties such as the Liberal Democrats of the Greens, that would still not be almost enough to challenge the Conservatives.

However, the result of the UK general election, June 8, has thrown everything into chaos, as UK Prime Minister May is seeking to support in Westminster of the 10 DUP members in that parliament.

After attending Monday's meeting of senior ministers and Tory officials, she said: "We do have to make sure that we invite other people in now".

Scottish Conservatives' leader Ruth Davidson, whose influence has grown dramatically with the election of 13 Tories north of the border, has already broken cover to say "this isn't just going to be a Tory Brexit".

Mrs Foster arrived with colleague Nigel Dodds and waved to reporters in Downing Street but refused to be drawn on whether she would agree to a deal on Tuesday. The Labour Party accepted a number of Liberal policies in exchange for support in motions of no confidence, with the deal lasting 18 months.

May's spokesman said it remained government policy to cut net migration to under 100,000 and Brexit Minister David Davis also said walking away without securing a deal with the remaining 27 European Union states remained a possibility.

"I don't think we should talk about some prolongation of the deadline", said the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka.

It came as the European Commission's chief negotiator warned that Britain risks crashing out of the EU with no deal if it wastes any more of the time available for Brexit negotiations. Following the 2016 election, the DUP gained most and put in its leader Arlene Foster as FM and Sinn Fein nominated Martin McGuinness as deputy.

Speaking in the Great Hall at Stormont ahead of an afternoon of talks, he added: "We made clear at the beginning of these talks that James Brokenshire is not an acceptable chair".

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

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