British PM Theresa May apologises to own MPs for 'election mess'


That message is reinforced by Mrs May's decision to bring back into the government Mr Michael Gove, a potential future contender for the party leadership.

It was a surprise move - Mr Gove was sacked as justice minister by Mrs May a year ago after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. "May says she won't resign, which means she probably will, and Labour say they are going to unite under Jeremy Corbyn, which means they probably won't".

"Prime Minister Theresa May failed to get a mandate to do the thing she wanted to do that was so important she never told us what it was".

May shrugged off suggestions her days in Downing St. were numbered.

However, not only did she fail to extend the 17-seat majority inherited from Cameron, she ruinously lost it.

But rumors swirled of plots to oust May. "She acknowledged and agreed that there needed to be a broader consensus, listening to all wings of the party on Brexit".

After attending the Prime Minister's Cabinet meeting on Monday, Ms Davidson told BBC News: "I'm suggesting that the Conservative Party works with those both within the House of Commons and with people without to ensure that as we leave the European Union, we have a Brexit that works for the economy and puts that first". Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262. The former number two in the British government, ex-chancellor George Osborne, now the editor of London's Evening Standard, speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, put it bluntly: "Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

But, the senior Conservative MP told POLITICO, there was little chance of Tories backing any such amendments.

While calls for Mrs May to go had "faded", she said her authority was "extremely fractured" and had acknowledged she was not "calling the shots" any more.

One senior Tory source said the election had made clear that the Conservatives were "no longer in control of the Brexit process" and added that the party must listen to "all sides".

The top civil servant in Davis's Brexit ministry, Oliver Robbins, and Britain's EU envoy met chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier over lunch, EU and British officials said.

If "significant progress" is made on that, European Union leaders may then open talks on a transition to a free trade agreement.

The negotiations were due to start on 19 June but Brexit Secretary David Davis has indicated this timetable could slip by a few days amid events in Westminster.

Advocates of a "soft Brexit" scenario say Britain could retain access to the European single market like non-EU member Norway and allow certain levels of EU immigration. Brexit will likely be on the agenda at the Paris meeting, after May confirmed she will stick to the negotiating timetable.

Mrs May is also engaged in delicate negotiations with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a small Protestant party from Northern Ireland that usually plays no role in British-wide politics, but whose 10 MPs are now crucial to the survival of the May government.

The Tories and the DUP are considering a "confidence and supply" arrangement which would see the Northern Irish party back the Government to get its Budget through and on confidence motions. Ms May is due to meet its leader Arlene Foster on Tuesday.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.

The DUP is also in favour of a "seamless and frictionless" Border between the North and the Republic, pointing to the strong trade and social links between both parts of the island.

Having helped deliver a number of major events to Northern Ireland, such as the Giro d'Italia and golf's Open Championship, the DUP may ask for support hosting other high-profile worldwide show-pieces.

'Any deal which undercuts the Good Friday and other agreements has to be opposed by progressives'.

In an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Foster listed three priorities, including getting Northern Ireland's devolved power-sharing government at Stormont working again.

"You could argue that with the government in minority now, its leadership credibility shot to pieces, there's nearly a higher probability of no deal", the executive said.

Labour is expected to use the talks as leverage to demand an end to the public sector pay freeze among a series of concessions in next week's Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament.