British cabinet discussed DUP talks

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2017

After chairing a Cabinet meeting followed by her meeting with the DUP leader at Downing Street, May is set to travel to Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Like Cameron, May called an election she didn't have to.

"She said 'I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it, '" said one Conservative lawmaker who attended. "We need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst", he said.

"She was contrite, genuine but not on her knees", said a veteran backbencher.

Sarah Wollaston MP told Sky News: "The reality of having a different arithmetic is that we are going to have a different kind of Brexit negotiation because at the end of it this will come back to Parliament, and Parliament will be voting on it, and that's the same for domestic legislation as well, there is going to have to be a much more consensual approach".

During the campaign, May cast herself as the only leader competent enough to navigate the tortuous Brexit negotiations that will shape the future of the United Kingdom and its $2.5 trillion economy.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May and taunted her about the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming vote on her legislative program, known as the Queen's Speech.

They hope to force May to make concessions on immigration, the customs union and the single market, the newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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.

"But we do want to do so in the national interest to give stability to the government and that's why we will be entering these negotiations".

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She told Conservative lawmakers that she takes full responsibility for the disastrous result, which cost the party its majority, and will stay on only for as long as she's wanted.

"There can be changes in the offer of Brexit as we go forward", Davidson told reporters in London after meeting May. This isn't just going to be a Tory Brexit, this is going to have to involve the whole country.

May's spokesman said it remained government policy to cut net migration to under 100,000 and Brexit Minister David Davis also said walking away without securing a deal with the remaining 27 European Union states remained a possibility.

Michel Barnier said Theresa May's government must begin talks "very quickly" as he noted that in three months since Article 50 was triggered "we haven't progressed" toward reaching a deal before the looming March 2019 deadline.

"The DUP may never have the political arithmetic so favourable again so like the Conservatives, the DUP will want to avoid another election and will want to keep drinking in the political free bar that is available to it", Tonge said.

The deal has also caused consternation in Dublin, with Irish premier Enda Kenny warning such an alliance could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

Even Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Minister, who was reportedly one of the main contenders for PM post, insisted May should stay. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers.

The draft law would empower Europe to decide if post-Brexit London has the right to host financial market "clearing houses" that deal in euros, the EU's single currency. Accounts of the discussions were given by 17 members of Parliament, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the meeting. "That has really profound implications for multinational businesses that have made a long-term bet on London being the sensible place to base themselves".

"That reputation in 12 months has been destroyed, truly destroyed".

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