Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PM May nears DUP deal

PM May nears DUP deal

It follows the resignations of her co-chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill whose abrasive style upset ministers and who were blamed by many in the party for the abysmal election campaign.

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

"Overall, we believe that the election outcome will hamper Brexit negotiations and increase fiscal risks, and therefore be negative for the U.K.'s credit profile", Moody's said in a statement.

Lawmakers, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, told Reuters that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election.

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May is due to begin Brexit negotiations with Brussels on June 19 in a weaker position than before the June election.

But now a number of senior Conservative figures say a Brexit deal, which leaves the United Kingdom inside the Single Market or the Customs Union is preferable.

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"We are going into these talks with the national interest at heart", she said on Monday.

European Union talks might not begin on June 19 as expected, Brexit minister David Davis said and the Queen's Speech, due on the same day in which the government traditionally spells out its policy plans, has also been delayed, the BBC reported. "I can't negotiate with myself", he added.

Barnier's interview will heap yet more pressure on May, who called a snap general election to give her a stronger hand at the Brexit negotiating table.

Morgan's reference to mental health is notable as one of May's biggest campaign blunders came when she released a Conservative Party proposal for elder care.

"There can be changes in the offer of Brexit as we go forward", Davidson told reporters in London after meeting May. "I hope that we can reach a conclusion sooner than later".

While Britons voted by 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in last year's referendum, Scots strongly backed staying in the bloc and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister in Scotland's devolved assembly, said a so-called Hard Brexit was "dead in the water".

Barnier's comments, which came from a joint interview with various European media outlets, including the U.K.'s Financial Times, further underscore the pressure that Prime Minister Theresa May and her colleagues face almost three months after triggering the Article 50 exit process and amid a domestic political crisis that some say could topple the government.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to meet May on Wednesday in order to thrash out the details of that deal, which will likely entail a series of concessions in exchange for DUP support in the Commons.

The devolved government in Belfast is now suspended.

Verhofstadt is the official Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, which will have the final say on any deal on future relations after Britain leaves the EU in 2019.

"We will use the position we find ourselves in to do as we promised". One person attending said her performance contained none of the "Maybot", a reference to the prime minister's robotic stump speeches in which she repeated the same slogans again and again.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is touted as the favourite to replace May should she be forced out, called on colleagues to rally behind her.

The Daily Telegraph reported cabinet ministers have opened back channel talks to senior Labour lawmakers to secure a cross-party agreement on Brexit.

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