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British PM Theresa May to face Conservative Party questioning over poll setback

British PM Theresa May to face Conservative Party questioning over poll setback

Barnier told the Financial Times that the United Kingdom government needs to start talks "very quickly" and that it needs to appoint a team of negotiators that are "stable, accountable, and with a mandate".

In her opening speech in the House of Commons, May congratulated Bercow and joked: "At least someone got a landslide".

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Tuesday in a bid to prop up her minority government, after the Conservatives were left eight seats short of a majority in last week's general election.

After chairing a Cabinet meeting followed by her meeting with the DUP leader at Downing Street, May is set to travel to Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The DUP head told ITV News she had "some very good discussions" with Mrs May and was hopeful of reaching a conclusion "sooner rather than later".

Former Conservative prime minister John Major has also raised doubts about the deal and its impact on the province's "fragile" peace, telling BBC radio that the government "will not be seen to be impartial" if locked into a deal.

The DUP, which is a right-wing party, has a more liberal stance on Brexit than the Conservatives in its manifesto. "She said she will serve us as long as we want her".

"People knew that we were abstentionist MPs, they have elected us to represent them but not to take our seats".

A contrite May took responsibility for losing her party's majority; 'I've got us into the mess and I will get us out of it.' She also promised to help those who had lost their seats and said sorry a few times.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", May told Conservative MPs during a meeting in Westminster.

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.

"If that's not possible, the Labour Party stands ready to offer strong and stable leadership in the national interest".

Sinn Fein has said the prospect of a deal between the Conservatives and the DUP is causing anxiety and fear, with the party warning it could have implications for power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland. "Talks are going well".

The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, Mr Guy Verhofstadt, also expressed his frustration.

As European leaders tried to fathom exactly how Britain would begin the negotiations, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany wanted a Brexit deal that would limit negative consequences for the bloc but also did not want it to weaken Britain. "But it remains another question if I'll still witness this", added the 74-year-old.Asked about Schaeuble's comments, Macron said the EU's door was still open for Britain as long as the negotiations were not finished, but that it would be hard to reverse course.

However, sources close to the talks said that while the discussions were "stuttering", 95% had been agreed between both sides, meaning the deal could still be announced in time to allow the Queens's speech on Monday.


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