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UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan

As Tory is the single largest party and May is likely to form a minority government with the like-minded DUP, it will not be the "strong and stable" government that she had said the country needed when she called the vote in April.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off claims he was plotting a fresh leadership bid, insisting that he fully supported Mrs May. Brexit campaigner Michael Gove, whom May surprisingly reappointed to the cabinet Sunday as environment secretary, was also present along with other notable figures from both sides of the Brexit debate, such as europhile Ken Clarke and euro-skeptic Trade Secretary Liam Fox.

But rumors swirled of plots to oust May. The one thing nearly everyone else seems to agree on is that it most certainly is not.

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.

The Conservatives won 318 seats in last week's election, eight short of a majority, and therefore need the support of at least one other party to pass key legislation in Parliament. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

But, the senior Conservative MP told POLITICO, there was little chance of Tories backing any such amendments. It was he who managed to gather the crowds, and they liked what they heard: more police on the streets; the abolition of college fees; and nationalisation of the country's vital services, such as energy providers and train operators.

Opponents of a sharp break include Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives. who helped the party win 12 more seats in Scotland in contrast to losses elsewhere.

Termed as one-issue election by May who projected herself as the only leader capable of leading Britain through the divorce from European Union, it went much beyond Brexit - healthcare (NHS), pensions, jobs, housing crisis, education and falling living standards - though concerns about a hard Brexit had an impact on the election's outcome.

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. 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.

Brexit minister David Davis insisted the government still aimed to take Britain out of the European Union single market.

Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce, potentially softening the exit terms.

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May will meet DUP leader Arlene Foster in London on Tuesday as she seeks to thrash out an agreement for the party's 10 lawmakers in the House of Commons to vote to back the Conservatives' program for government.

The Tories and the DUP are considering a "confidence and supply" arrangement which would see the Northern Irish party back the Government to get its Budget through and on confidence motions.

May, who earlier chaired a two-hour cabinet meeting, reportedly told the committee, a group of backbench MPs, that the DUP would not have a "veto" on the government's agenda, and there would be no watering down of equalities laws over which the two parties disagree.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy. DUP is strongly anti-abortion and anti-same sex marriage, for example - stances that aren't very popular in the rest of the UK.

Having helped deliver a number of major events to Northern Ireland, such as the Giro d'Italia and golf's Open Championship, the DUP may ask for support hosting other high-profile global show-pieces.

Mr Brokenshire, who said the Government remained "four square" behind the Good Friday deal, has warned the latest deadline for agreement - June 29 - is "final and immovable".

It comes as the Northern Ireland assembly remains gridlocked over talks to restore power-sharing between Sinn Féin and the DUP.

That had been scheduled to lead to a state opening of the new session of parliament next month when Queen Elizabeth II outlines the proposals May's government intend to put forward.

Additional delay may be caused by the fact the speech read by the sovereign is written on goatskin parchment paper, a long-lasting archival paper which contains no actual goatskin, but requires several days for the ink to dry.

To obtain office, she and her supporters spun an ideological narrative that rationalized moving the Conservative Party even further to the left than David Cameron had already moved it and on issues that had nothing to do with the referendum that had decisively expressed sharply more conservative views on a single critical matter. Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech.

"I consider Brexit to be a catastrophe for Britain and for Europe and for the transatlantic idea", Röttgen said. "This is still on".

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