May starts DUP talks in bid to keep power

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"What we are doing in relation to the productive talks that we are holding with the Democratic Unionist Party is ensuring that it is possible to, with their support, give the stability to the UK Government that I think is necessary at this time".

The Labour leader's campaigning will continue, with plans to visit scores of Tory-held seats in a sign that the Opposition believes Mrs May's government will fall and another election could happen within months.

"I'll serve as long as you want me", the British prime minister was quoted as telling her lawmakers, indicating that she would be ready to stand down if that is what the party wants.

One senior backbencher told the BBC that she had appeared "contrite and genuine but not on her knees".

When Britain voted last week in an election that ended with Prime Minister Theresa May hanging onto her job by a thread, Brexit wasn't on the ballot.

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce had not changed, but at the meeting with lawmakers on Monday, May recognized that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

"After the general election it is very unclear to know exactly what the United Kingdom approach to Brexit now will be", Kristian Jensen said.

At the Elysee news conference, Mrs May also defended her attempts to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to keep the Tories in power. This is a Government on notice from the voters.

But the Prime Minister looks set to ditch a number of manifesto pledges to get parliamentary consensus. She said calls for Mrs May to go had "faded" but her authority was "extremely fractured".

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", she said. Her weakened premiership has revived a battle between Conservative hardliners who want a clean break from the European Union and the emboldened pro-EU pmembers of parliament who see a chance to soften the landing.

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"I am concerned about the deal".

÷ Senior Conservatives suggested Mrs May will be allowed to continue as prime minister until 2019.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unforeseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May.

"I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week", May said after her meeting with the new French leader, who will be a key player in the Brexit talks.

Passing the Queen's Speech - which is written by ministers and presents an outline of its planned legislation for the next Parliamentary session - will be the first major test of Theresa May's proposed minority government.

Eurosceptic Conservative MP John Redwood said: "We're going to make a great offer to Europe in terms of their access to us and continued presence of their citizens here in Britain, they are very welcome".

"It's imperative that both governments recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing the Executive."The power-sharing institutions collapsed because of the DUP's RHI financial scandal and the refusal of previous Tory governments and the DUP to implement previous agreements".

Less than a week before Brexit talks are due to begin, Ms May faces conflicting demands within her own party and even a proposal for business groups and politicians from all parties to agree on a national position for Britain's most complex negotiations since World War II.

European Union leaders have voiced growing impatience to start Brexit negotiations, which have already been delayed by the parliamentary election - and on which the clock is ticking.

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