Senior Cabinet minister offer support to UK prime minister

Alicia Cross
June 14, 2017

A survey of the Federation's members prior to the election showed that 96% of respondents were in favour of remaining in the EU.

In separate comments, Foster told Reuters that a good Brexit deal was also high among the party's aims.

The EU's Brexit chief met British officials on Monday, June 12 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, AFP reports.

May began talks with the Northern Ireland-based party to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, wearing a large red rose on his lapel and cheered more heartily by his MPs than at any Commons appearance since he became leader, aped May's general election attack lines, telling her that if her "coalition of chaos" with the DUP did not work out, Labour stood ready to provide "strong and stable leadership in the national interest".

Earlier, Foster said the talks were going well: "We hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion."May made clear the Brexit negotiations would begin on schedule despite the political uncertainty at home."I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week", May said after her meeting with the new French leader, who will be a key player in the Brexit talks."I think there is a unity of objective among people in the United Kingdom". "She said she will serve us as long as we want her".

May appeared contrite, sought to apologize for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong. The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the "whole of the Conservative Party" when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.

The BBC reported that the speech would be pushed back a few days.

As Mrs May attempts to cobble together a majority, the EU's Michel Barnier said he would hold talks with British envoy Oliver Robbins on Tuesday to organise the negotiations.

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce has not changed, but May has recognised that a broader consensus needs to be built for Brexit and has made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue. Almost 72 percent of IoD members said "reaching a new trade agreement with the EU" should be the highest priority of the new government.

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But her election failure means she must now go into Briatin's most complex negotiations since World War Two with her eye firmly on the different factions within her Conservative Party, which has been divided over European Union membership for a generation.

At the conference in Lodz, Mr Cameron highlighted the 13 newly-elected Conservative MPs in Scotland and the call by Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, for "an open Brexit".

"The key issue is to ensure we put our country's economic future first and foremost in our minds as we go ahead with Brexit".

Mrs Foster said: "There's been a lot of commentary around the issues that we are talking about and it won't surprise anyone that we are talking about matters that pertain, of course, to the nation generally".

"However, the Conservative Party's reduced share of the vote may indicate a higher likelihood that a "softer" form of Brexit might now be pursued, involving compromises with the European Union that Ms".

May also has yet to finalize an arrangement with the Democratic Unionists, the Northern Irish party whose 10 votes she now needs to form a majority.

Mrs May is due to meet DUP leader Arlene Foster today to hammer out a deal to support the minority government.

"We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov".

Davis, who said that some policies in the government's programme would now be pruned back, was one of a number of senior Conservatives to publicly pledge loyalty to May.

Senior party figures outside the Cabinet maintained a drumbeat of disapproval of May Monday, predicting she would have to leave shortly.

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