Talks to prop up May's government continue with DUP
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 18:19
May desperately needs the DUP's 10 seats to pass legislation.
Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds entered Downing Street at around 12:40 p.m. (1140 GMT, 7:40 a.m. EDT).
The Prime Minister's comments came after predecessor Sir John Major warned that an alliance with the DUP at Westminster risked undermining the impartiality of the UK Government as attempts were made to restore the powersharing administration in Stormont.
We must remain in permanent campaign mode on a general election footing.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with a Northern Ireland-based party to see if they can together push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in Parliament.
But they're not prepared to be blindly led off an extreme Brexit cliff edge.
Before travelling to London, Foster on Monday said her party would go into the talks "with the national interest at heart".
"I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit", Mr Cameron added, saying that Parliament now "deserves a say" on the issue.
Mr Brown said Labour would challenge the Government and test whether it had the support of the House of Commons, but will play a "constructive and positive" role.
The generous payout rubbed salt into the wounds of some Conservative politicians who lost their seats. "I think most of the Scottish Conservatives will want to see perhaps some changes with the policy going forward".
"There is a unity of goal among people in the United Kingdom", May said, following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. However, a firm date for the launch of talks is yet to be agreed.
Prior to the election, Mrs May had said that the United Kingdom would be leaving the single market and the customs union and she repeatedly insisted that "no deal is better than a bad deal".
"We haven't negotiated, we haven't progressed". The main objective is to secure a brighter future for Britain, not just from the Brexit deal but also other deals with the rest of the world.
She thought she knew. When and if that happens, those, mainly in the Conservative party, who want as complete a break as possible with the European Union, will find they are much weakened.
Nevertheless, it illustrated the challenge May will face in the remaining days before the European Union divorce talks begin: finding a position that satisfies both pro-European and eurosceptic factions of her party if she wants to remain in power.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May and taunted her about the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming vote on her legislative program, known as the Queen's Speech.
She dismissed accusations of hypocrisy after it emerged that Gordon Brown had tried to do a deal with the DUP in 2010, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's certainly not something that Jeremy would advocate and the Labour Party is certainly not advocating that".
Britain's Conservative Party is in a very hard position now (Deal to keep Tories in power not done yet; June 12).
Amid calls from some MPs for the Conservatives to rethink their Brexit strategy, he said there was a "clear consensus" for leaving the single market and ending free movement while retaining the "maximum access" to European Union markets and maintaining co-operation in key areas such as science.
She added: "As we face hard challenges ahead, let us come together in a spirit of national unity, to keep our country safe, and build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous future for everyone, in every part of our United Kingdom". "We need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst".