UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

Meanwhile in London, the former prime minister Sir John Major joined a growing chorus of voices telling Theresa May she does not have a mandate to pursue the hard Brexit she was planning.

Following the loss of her parliamentary majority in last week's polls, May is now desperately seeking the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party.

"The talks are ongoing, they are very positive, they are constructive".

The two leaders will hold their bilateral dialogue as they attend a France vs England worldwide friendly football match. Their influence on the British government is a cause for deep concern that must be addressed to assure the public and political parties of the independence of the talks process.

"We have to recognise that the election changed if not everything, then a very great deal, and the government are going to have to respond to that".

Although the DUP are unionists - wanting to remain part of the United Kingdom - and broadly support numerous policies of the Conservative and Unionist Party (as the Conservatives are correctly called), May's proposed deal could scupper attempt to broker a power-sharing deal with Sinn Fein - which promotes the unification of Ireland - on the Northern Ireland Executive.

"The prime minister will have to do a lot more, however, to convince us that the DUP tail isn't wagging the Tory dog".

"We are willing to continue to work in good faith on the basis that we think the restoration of devolution is perhaps the best way to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland are protected from the worst effects of that arrangement". You folk here made enough mess of our own elections, make enough mess of your own governments, make enough mess of your own affairs.

This has now been rescheduled to June 21, according to the Press Association news agency citing the Conservative's Andrea Leadsom, leader of the lower house of parliament.

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"I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week", May said after her meeting with the new French leader, who will be a key player in the Brexit talks.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's main opposition, said his Labour Party would not support May's Queen's speech in the lower house of parliament to try to force her out of power through a vote of no-confidence. He also said Brexit talks could possibly be delayed.

An agreement between the Tories and DUP is thought to be close, with Mrs May saying the talks had been "productive" and emphasising the need for "stability" in government.

Instead, the shock outcome has left May weakened among her Conservative Party and thrown open her Brexit strategy to criticism from peers, some of whom want to ditch the current plan to leave the European Union single market and customs union.

Today, Mrs May will meet with her Brexit team in a bid to iron out a plan.

But then May called a needless election to get a bigger majority in parliament-to "strengthen her hand" in the negotiations with the European Union that are scheduled to begin next Monday, or so she said.

European Union leaders have voiced growing impatience to start Brexit negotiations, which have already been delayed by the parliamentary election - and on which the clock is ticking. Her gamble failed spectacularly.

In a joint EU and United Kingdom statement issued later on Thursday, officials said: "Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator and David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, agreed today to launch Article 50 negotiations on Monday June 19".