British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a deal with a Northern Irish Protestant party to save her premiership today as she comes under intense pressure to soften her approach to Brexit days before formal European Union divorce talks.
During a closed door meeting with her party members in the House of Commons, May urged MPs to give her time to sort out the mess she created with the snap general election.
On Monday afternoon, Theresa May will meet with the 1922 Committee, a parliamentary group that comprises Conservative backbenchers – a term which applies to any lawmaker who sits behind Cabinet ministers on the government’s front bench in the House of Commons, Efe news reported.
“The idea that the United Kingdom led by this prime minister and this government can just blunder into negotiations starting one week today, I just don’t think it’s a credible proposition”, she told reporters in London.
But MPs and ministers who want to retain close ties with the European Union say the government will have to compromise to get a deal through the House of Commons.
Former prime minister Mr Cameron said Mrs May would have to change her approach to Brexit as a result of the election.
The EU’s Brexit chief met British officials on Monday to try to hammer out a date for the start of formal talks, as concerns grew that negotiations could be delayed by the fallout from Britain’s chaotic election.
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.
“It won’t be long before these DUP, rather extreme, loyalists have the power of us that they now appear to have”.
The head of the Democratic Unionist Party has arrived for crucial talks on whether to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives in an alliance.
The party has been heavily criticised for blocking same-sex marriage, despite the Northern Ireland Assembly voting in favour of it. She is a heroine to many in her party after leading a campaign in Scotland which yielded an additional 12 Tory seats and saved the Conservatives from defeat.
She mocked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a socialist, as incompetent and unrealistic, but his electoral campaign energised the youth vote and wiped out the Conservatives’ majority in parliament.
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.
Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Sunday that the plans were unchanged but added it was “very, very important that we’re careful about the existing trade that we do with Europe, about access to the single market”. “We are going into these talks with the national interest at heart“, she said on Monday.
“There is wide spread concern that Theresa May in seeking a deal with the DUP to remain in office will make the job of re-establishing the Executive more hard”.
May backed the “remain” side ahead of last year’s historic referendum over Britain’s membership to the EU.
In an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Foster listed three priorities, including getting Northern Ireland’s devolved power-sharing government at Stormont working again.
Even Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Minister, who was reportedly one of the main contenders for PM post, insisted May should stay.
It would also leave open the option of walking away from the negotiations with no deal in place – a decision that many businesses warn could be disastrous.
However, Mrs May is now vulnerable to the smallest of revolts from either wing of her party.