Verhofstadt also cast doubt on May’s strategy, telling journalists at the parliament in Strasbourg that Britain’s election result “was certainly not a support of the hard Brexit“.
Fighting for her political survival, May has been trying to strike a deal with a small Northern Irish Protestant party to avoid a second election that could delay Brexit talks and damage the $2.5 trillion economy.
The Conservatives have reached a “broad agreement” with the DUP, a source told AFP on Thursday. The price of such a deal remains unclear.
Having lost a majority in parliament, May needs the DUP’s 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain’s divorce from the EU.
Foster later said it was “right and proper” for the DUP to support May’s legislative programme, which is due to be announced next week and will be the first formal test of her ability to govern. “The current uncertainty can not continue”, he said on Twitter.
Any backtracking would likely cause a rift in the Conservative party between hardline leave MPs and centrist remainers, and could create a power-struggle that topples the Prime Minister.
Following the talks, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said the party would not stand for any Conservative-DUP arrangement which compromised British government impartiality in Northern Ireland.
“The reason for leaving the single market is because we want to take back control of our borders”.
In calling a general election three years early, May had hoped to boost her slim majority ahead of Brexit talks starting later this month.
Northern Ireland s frontier with the Republic of Ireland will be the United Kingdom s only land border with the European Union after Brexit. “I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out”, she told her Conservative MPs.
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.
Prior to the election, Mrs May had said that the United Kingdom would be leaving the single market and the customs union and she repeatedly insisted that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. “I can’t negotiate with myself”, he told European newspapers including the Financial Times.
His comments echo those of EU President Donald Tusk who said on Friday that there was “no time to lose” to avoid Britain crashing out without a deal on future relations.
European Union leaders have given chief Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier no authority to so much as talk about future trade with Britain until he clinches outline deals on Brussels’ priority issues, including London’s exit bill.
While May has repeatedly said she wants a special and deep partnership with the club Britain joined in 1973, she has also laced her assurances with threats that a breakdown of talks could harm security cooperation.