Boris Johnson stresses loyalty to UK PM May in leaked text - ITV

The talks were in line with DUP leader Arlene Foster's "commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", her party said in a statement.

"I am sorry for those candidates and hard-working party workers who weren't successful but also particularly sorry for those colleagues who were MPs or ministers who had contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and didn't deserve to lose their seats".

Fallon said the new government would require "a more collective approach", adding that he expected Conservative lawmakers to "rally behind" May when they meet next week.

The campaign has highlighted her severe deficiencies as a leader and there is no doubt that her authority in the Conservative Party has been significantly diminished.

Brexit negotiations will be more hard for British Prime Minister Theresa May following the general election results, a think-tank expert said Friday.

"The British people have not given her the landslide she wanted and many predicted, and Labour will not stand by and let her impose policies that do not have public support or legitimacy", a spokesman said.

"This gives me the confidence to believe that we will work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom", she said.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country".

The 10 DUP MPs could prove crucial in supporting the Conservatives on key votes after Thursday's election saw Mrs May lose control of the Commons. The U.K. snap vote results could delay the Brexit negotiations, which were set to begin on June 19, if reformulating the next U.K. government proves complicated.

She is seeking to stay in office on the understanding that the Democratic Unionists of Northern Ireland will support her minority administration. A formal agreement is yet to be reached.

"Negotiations on our exit from the European Union are about to commence, and we now face uncertainty at Westminster".

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said.

"If she has an ounce of self respect, she will resign".

Six weeks ago, May, leader of the right wing Conservative party, made a decision to call a snap election _ two years earlier than necessary.

Sky's political editor Faisal Islam said: "This is the most extraordinary balancing act. I would have thought that is enough for her to go, actually".

With May's Conservative Party failing to win the majority the process becomes complicated for her to remain in power.

Foster has said Theresa May is "well within political mainstream".

Sky's Northern Ireland correspondent David Blevins said: "The DUP have a very delicate balance to strike between how they use this power they suddenly find themselves with, and how they ensure that anything they demand does not derail efforts to restore devolution here".

Northern Ireland's assembly and executive are both suspended and the DUP and Sinn Fein are negotiating on their restoration.

"With the potential of that direct rule being imposed of course by a Tory government shored up by the DUP".

European Union states are getting impatient about the delays in the Brexit talks, with some warning Friday after Britain's inconclusive election that the country should not be given more than the allotted two years to settle its divorce.

"This is flawless territory for the DUP obviously because if the Conservatives are just short of an overall majority, it puts us in a very, very strong negotiating position and it is one we would take up with relish", he told the BBC.

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