British leader tries to rally support

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2017

The statement - part of an appearance in which May also vowed that "I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out of it" - followed days of growing agitation from within her party over a strategy of simply soldiering on.

May's Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday's snap vote, causing political chaos ahead of Brexit talks with the European Union set to start next week and prompting calls - from within her own party - for her resignation.

Reacting to the meeting, Tory MP Julian Knight said the prime minister had been "humble and steadfast and certain that we have to get on with the job of government and negotiating Brexit".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street after the general election in London, on June 12, 2017.

It was a surprise move - Mr Gove was sacked as justice minister by Mrs May past year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing.

"The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking", he wrote in The Sun tabloid.

Falling eight seats short of retaining its parliamentary majority, May's Conservative party is now in talks with the DUP - which won 10 seats - to forge an informal alliance.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to see May on Tuesday for crunch talks, which could force the delay of the government's presentation of its legislative program to parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, due on June 19.

This ultimately resulted in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 which led to unionist DUP/republican Sinn Fein-led coalition government in Northern Ireland.

"The reason for leaving the single market is because we want to take back control of our borders, they're not compatible", he told BBC Radio. 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.

With British politics thrust into the deepest turmoil since last June's shock Brexit vote, European Union leaders were left wondering how the divorce talks would open next week.

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The UK Government wants the talks to take place in parallel during the Brexit process.

She told the BBC: "I'm suggesting that the Conservative Party works with those both within the House of Commons and with people without to ensure that as we leave the European Union, we have a Brexit that works for the economy and puts that first".

Before that, May will travel to France this evening for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

At the meeting with lawmakers in Parliament, May recognised that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear that she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

He suggested the Government would focus on the divorce proceedings before moving on to trade.

On Sunday, she unveiled her full Cabinet, making few changes. The pro-Brexit Gove was appointed environment secretary.

Senior ministers in Britain's Conservative government and members of the main opposition Labour Party have held secret talks to ensure a soft Brexit, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

After shaking up her Cabinet during the weekend to broaden its appeal to her party's rank and file, May was scheduled to meet Monday with the Conservative caucus in the House of Commons, known as the 1922 Committee.

DUP leader Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far.

"There can be changes in the offer of Brexit as we go forward", Davidson told reporters in London after meeting May.

Mr Barwell has replaced Mrs May's key aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill who both stepped down after facing furious criticism from party MPs and officials who said they played a significant role in the party's poor performance at the General Election.

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