Theresa May Just Cracked a Pretty Good Joke About Her Election Disaster

Leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Arlene Foster is shown arriving at 10 Downing Street in London for a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

Labour's unexpectedly strong second-place showing has thrown national politics into disarray.

May did not comment on the progress of the discussions with DUP leader Arlene Foster, who left by a different exit.

While the Conservative Party did receive the most votes, it was only about 2 percent more than the Labour Party, which was expected to lose by about 20 percent when the election was called for, just two months ago.

"Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion", Foster said in a tweet after meeting May.

Ms Foster and the DUP's leader at Westminster, Nigel Dodds, spent nearly two hours with the prime minister at Downing Street on Tuesday morning.

"We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that nearly 13 million people voted for last week".

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce has not changed, but May has recognised that a broader consensus needs to be built for Brexit and has made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

"The talks are continuing but I think the events in London today probably will have some impact on that".

He also called on May's government to consult more with other parties ahead of upcoming Brexit talks, which are due to start on June 19 but, like the Queen's speech, could face delays amid the ongoing political upheaval in the United Kingdom.

The Daily Telegraph reported cabinet ministers have opened back-channel talks to senior Labour lawmakers to secure a cross-party agreement on Brexit.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny the reports when pressed, but told Sky News that the reality of the election result meant that May and her government would need to reach beyond party lines.

They are hoping to ramp up the pressure on the region's largest political party to change its stance at a time when its policies on social issues are under renewed scrutiny due to the likely parliamentary deal with the minority Tory government.

Though Foster supported Brexit, she also might demand that May pursue a cushioned exit from the European Union, given her party's wish that a soft border remain between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an European Union member. They have since been negotiating a potential coalition with the hardline Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), as May's "hard brexit" position slips into a precarious position.

Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.

In a statement on Thursday Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill she wants to "make it clear" that any proposed government deal "cannot be allowed to undermine the Good Friday agreement". "And that worries me a great deal about the peace process".

Theresa May's premiership has no mandate and no legitimacy, Jeremy Corbyn told Labour's MPs as he declared: "We are now a government in waiting".

With the two-year clock on Brexit ticking since March, when a letter from May formally started proceedings, Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability.

It came as the European Commission's chief negotiator warned that Britain risks crashing out of the EU with no deal if it wastes any more of the time available for Brexit negotiations. "It's passing quicker than anyone believes That's why we're ready to start very quickly".

  • Leroy Wright