May says minority government talks 'productive', Brexit negotiation starts next week

Conservatives to strike 'sensible' deal with DUP, says Grayling

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Protestors gather in Newcastle upon Tyne on June 12, 2017 to demand British Prime Minister Theresa May walk away from any alliance with the right-wing Democratic Unionist Party, or else step down.

This would commit the DUP's 10 MPs to backing the Conservatives on critical votes like Budget matters and the Queen's speech.

But if Mrs May was flustered by continued media coverage of the party's anti-LGBT stances, she didn't show it while appearing in the House of Commons today for the election of the Speaker. Writing in the mass-circulation Sun newspaper, Johnson stressed that the Conservatives won more votes than at any time since Margaret Thatcher and are still the largest party in Parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered with a bit of previously unforeseen swagger, wearing a huge red rose - his party's symbol - in his lapel as he sparred with May.

"But we've been branded in a particular way, which as I say is complete nonsense". It was a reference to the May's government which started their election campaign at the end of April expecting a landslide victory, only to emerge losing their majority.

The talks with the DUP follow her apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting for the party's poor election result.

"She said "I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it", said one Conservative lawmaker who attended the meeting.

May's weakness means she must now listen to all shades of opinion on Brexit as she goes into Britain's most complex negotiations since World War II.

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

May also restored former Justice Secretary Michael Gove to the Cabinet in another move created to show she was willing to listen to critics.

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To loud cheers, he said: "Now as parliament returns, we have a government in complete disarray still unable to reach an agreement, it seems, with the DUP and desperately delaying the Queen's Speech and Brexit negotiations".

Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to "fight discrimination in all its forms"... as she inks a deal with the anti-LGBT Democratic Unionist Party.

Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.

Some have also called into question the United Kingdom government's role as a mediator in the Northern Ireland peace process, with a possible DUP presence in the executive potentially leading to bias during a political vacuum in the region.

Sinn Fein has warned such a move undermines powersharing talks in Northern Ireland and the party's seven MPs have flown to London where they will hold a briefing with reporters.

He said he was "concerned" about the deal between the two parties, and saying he was "wary" and "dubious" about it "both for peace process reasons but also for others reasons as well".

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, which saw its number seats and share of the vote increase, said there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after last Thursday's vote produced no clear victor.

Demanding a swift start to Brexit negotiations under Article 50 of the European Union treaties, the former Belgian prime minister compared Britain's position to the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, who found herself in a room with many doors and no idea what lay behind them.

There is frustration among European Union leaders and officials that three months have already passed since May triggered Article 50, the device which started the Brexit process.

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