British Prime Minister Theresa May met her backbench MPs at Westminster Monday night and told them she took the blame for the Conservative's poor showing in last week's general election.

But May faces a hard balancing act: Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.

Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, was pictured outside number 10 with her deputy Nigel Dodds.

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The turmoil started when May chose to hold snap elections to gain more seats for her party, which already had majority in parliament, to strengthen her position in the upcoming Brexit talks scheduled for June 19. It is due to present its platform for the next session in the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on June 19. May should be able to use these two set-piece events to shape the country's future. "[The question] is just how long she is going to remain on death row".

It is even unclear whether May will be Prime Minister by this time next week.

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One of those is Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives who helped the party win 12 more seats in contrast to losses elsewhere, one of the few whose personal stature was enhanced by the result.

It was a surprise move - Mr Gove was sacked as justice minister by Mrs May previous year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. It is also against any move to limit those who can receive the winter fuel allowance.

Conservative MPs who left the meeting, described her performance as "heartfelt", "powerful" and "contrite".

"We are going into these talks with the national interest at heart", she said on Monday.

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Asked if he was now accepting Brussels' timetable, as set out by chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Davis said: "What we have said is we will start down this process but I will have some discussions with Mr Barnier about how we progress to the wider thing of the trade area".

An alliance, at what cost?

Prime Minister Theresa May sought to strike a deal with a Northern Irish Protestant party to save her premiership on Tuesday as she came under intense pressure to soften her approach to Brexit days before formal European Union divorce talks.

Media reports said that May had also assured MPs that the working arrangement with the DUP would have no impact on issues such as gay rights. That power is now lost.

She also indicated that there will not be a second general election this year.

The BBC and other British outlets reported that the delay of the speech was, in part, down to the fact that the Queen's Speech, according to tradition, must be written on goatskin parchment paper.

"She spoke very well".

Delaying talks does not delay a Brexit.

Barnier told the Financial Times that the United Kingdom government needs to start talks "very quickly" and that it needs to appoint a team of negotiators that are "stable, accountable, and with a mandate". This certainly means a softer Brexit is now on the cards. Instead, they produced a hung Parliament - one in which no party has an outright majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.

"But what I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".


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