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UK turmoil as Brexit talks could be delayed

UK turmoil as Brexit talks could be delayed

May's Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday's snap vote, causing political chaos ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union set to start next week and prompting calls - from within her own party - for her resignation.

Reacting to the meeting, Tory MP Julian Knight said that the prime minister had been "humble and steadfast and certain that we have to get on with the job of government and negotiating Brexit".

The more than hour-long meeting was the latest test for the 60-year-old prime minister whose uncharacteristic gamble to strengthen her leadership by calling an early election left her authority in tatters and weakened her hand in Brexit talks.

She is expected to ask for a confidence-and-supply deal, whereby the DUP would forego seats in the cabinet but demand the government meet some of its key demands, and decide whether to support the government's legislation on a case-by-case basis.

"The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking".

May responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", her office said.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (L), and DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds prepare to address the media outside Stormont Castle, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 12, 2017.

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Before leaving for the Palace on Friday morning, to have an audience with the Queen before attempting to form a government, the Conservative leader is said to have been crying.

However, when asked about whether the Brexit talks would start for real on June 19 as planned, Winterstein said: "I can not say".

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland who is credited with a surprise win of 13 seats for the party there, said yesterday that the PM needed to "look again" at Brexit.

The Conservatives failed to secure a majority government on 9 June, garnering only 318 seats out of the 326 necessary.

One Conservative ex-minister told the BBC that Theresa May "did brilliantly", suggesting that "the "Maybot" disappeared and we got a real leader back".

"The DUP will work to bring about outcomes that are beneficial to all, and in Parliament Northern Ireland's case will be centre stage".

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Sunday that the plans were unchanged but added it was "very, very important that we're careful about the existing trade that we do with Europe, about access to the single market".

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But May's future is still hanging in the balance, and many commentators said they don't expect her to serve a full term.

Brexit Minister David Davis said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday as planned but they would still begin next week.

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.

Another said: "I just wished we had seen more of it during the campaign".

Sky News reported the speech would be delayed a few days - a highly unusual circumstance in a country where the monarch's schedule is determined months in advance.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has warned that no arrangement between the Conservatives and the DUP would be good for Northern Ireland but Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has said the negotiations are "entirely separate from our intent and desire to see devolution restored here".

Political commentators said later that May had steered herself through the first meeting of her cabinet at 10 Downing Street, and then through the meeting of backbenchers, easing at least for the moment calls for her to be replaced as prime minister.

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