Britain's May apologises to own MPs for election 'mess'

DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to meet May on Tuesday for crunch talks, which could force the delay of the government's presentation of its legislative program to Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, due on June 19. "We are ready as soon as the United Kingdom itself is ready", he said.

George Bridges, another Brexit minister, quit the department, the Times of London reported, leaving Brexit secretary David Davis with a new team just a week before negotiations with the European Union are due to start.

As a result, she might try to keep some sort of access to the single market.

He suggested the DUP would be asking for money and that would be seen as the "government paying cash for votes in parliament", and would be received badly in other parts of the UK.

The Conservative party has always been divided on this issue, and with the resignation of Ms.

Demanding a swift start to Brexit negotiations under Article 50 of the European Union treaties, the former Belgian prime minister compared Britain's position to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, who found herself in a room with many doors and no idea what lay behind them. "I think it's unlikely there will be any announcement today", a DUP spokesman told AFP.

With her authority diminished, May won some time when she performed well on Monday in front of Conservative lawmakers who said they would help her remain in power, at least for now.

The performance of the British economy could also influence perceptions of Brexit.

Michael Gove, former Brexit leave campaigner and now Environment Secretary, later confirmed to BBC television that he had discussed Brexit with Labour politicians.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number of parliamentary seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after Thursday's vote produced no clear victor.

May appeared contrite, sought to apologize for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong, according to the report. The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions. They are expected to make demands on Brexit negotiations and any deal with the DUP.

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

Writing in Tuesday's Daily Telegraph, Hague called for a Brexit settlement that allowed any European Union worker with a job secured in the U.K.to move to the country (a much "softer" Brexit than May has signaled) and said that business groups and opposition parties, including Labour, should be brought in to discuss the way forward.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the government should put economic growth at the heart of its Brexit strategy, while some senior ministers have pushed for less focus on immigration and more on jobs.

Earlier, former Conservative prime minister John Major warned that a pact with the DUP could undermine the Northern Ireland peace process because the British government could not be perceived as impartial.

The DUP and Sinn Fein have also been at loggerheads recently over the collapse of a power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland that has meant the province has had no government since January.

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