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UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan: lawmaker

14 Juin 2017

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said May's government lacked the credibility necessary for Brexit talks and should delay the negotiations.

The Conservatives have to rely on the support of 10 DUP MPs after they fell eight seats short of winning an overall majority in the June 8 snap general election.

Conservative veteran Nicholas Soames said after the meeting: "Unreserved support for PM at 1922".

Instead she finds herself weakened and isolated as she meets Macron, a 39-year-old neophyte who rode to victory in last month's presidential elections and is on course for a landslide victory in France's legislature.

May on Monday met with Tory backbenchers to discuss her leadership in light of her botched election campaign, which left her party with fewer seats than it had before.

"If that's not possible the Labour Party stands ready to provide strong and stable leadership in the national interest", he added.

During the campaign, May cast herself as the leader to navigate the negotiations that will shape the future of the United Kingdom and its $US2.5 trillion ($A3.3 trillion) economy. Her shift on Brexit could be forgiven as recognition of the requirement of a pragmatic position in a scenario she could not change, but there is no benefit of the doubt to be given over her about-turns on holding an election, and the so-called dementia tax.

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.

While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-call hard Brexit - including a potential loss of a "frictionless border" with the Republic of Ireland - and talks will touch on efforts to minimise the potential damage to Northern Ireland.

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"They would see it as the government paying cash for votes in parliament, and in doing so I think that could well cost votes in the country for the Conservative party, by the bucketload, at a subsequent election", he said.

May has taken the blame for the Conservatives' relatively poor showing in last Thursday's election, in which the party surprisingly lost its majority. She has called for a closer relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

"The parliamentary arithmetic is such that we are going to have to work with everyone", he said.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with May "and indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put (the Good Friday Agreement) at risk".

In a symbol of the disarray she faces, two ministers in her Brexit department have left their jobs in the ministerial reshuffle.

Talks between Theresa May and the Democratic Unionist Party over a confidence and supply deal to prop up the Conservative Government have been "constructive", Downing Street has said. And now we have Mrs May attempting to negotiate a deal with the DUP ... to keep her in power. 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.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and other leading Brexiteers are insisting there can be no "backsliding" from the government's original Brexit objectives. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, reported that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with opposition Labour lawmakers to come up with a "softer", less hard-line divorce from the EU.

We asked European politics expert Mai'a Cross, the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern, to explain how the outcome might impact the future of Britain and its impending exit from the European Union.