DUP head arrives for talks with UK leader May

Despite anger at the election, she was cheered briefly at the start of the meeting.

Noting how the peace process was very hard-earned over very many years, he said: "People shouldn't regard it as a given; it isn't certain, it is under stress, it is fragile".

"If they don't accept the phased negotiations then we will take a year to draw up a new set of negotiating guidelines for Barnier", one senior European Union diplomat said, adding that the European Union could not understand Britain's continued claim that it would be able to discuss trade and the divorce terms in parallel.

May appeared contrite, sought to apologise for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong.

To stay in government, May must strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a small eurosceptic Northern Irish party with 10 parliamentary seats.

The Brexit negotiations with the European Union were set to kick off yesterday, but have now been delayed until later next week.

Formal negotiations between Barnier and British Brexit minister David Davis had been due to start next week but that timetable has been thrown into doubt by May's catastrophic loss of a majority in last Thursday's election.

The Conservatives remain the largest party but Mr Corbyn's party are feeling buoyant after their vote share soared.

Labour MPs, who have previously been critical of the leader, now seem increasingly united behind the man who beat expectations to unexpectedly lead Labour to win 40% of the vote in last week's general elections, despite the party falling short of the seats required to form a government.

Former Prime Minister John Major said he was concerned a deal with the DUP could thrust the province back towards violence almost two decades since a US -brokered peace deal brought peace to Northern Ireland.

Corbyn, for his part, offered a much more hopeful plan, campaigning on increasing government spending for jobs, social programs, and security.

"We are now a government in waiting and we must think and act at all times with that in mind", he added.

During the United Kingdom election, the Tories criticised Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, for his alleged sympathies with Irish nationalists. Just months ago, polls suggested that May and her ruling Conservatives could smash Labour, an opposition party straining under the weight of its own divisions, and amass a commanding parliamentary majority.

The appointment of Baker may have more to do with consolidating her position than signalling a Brexit course. "They may well discuss aspects of Brexit but the main focus will be on counterterrorism", May's spokesman said on Monday.

He said: "If we work seriously, I see neither the usefulness nor the interest of pushing back this date. Why?"

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.

"We will use the position we find ourselves in to do as we promised".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is touted as the favourite to replace May should she be forced out, called on colleagues to rally behind her. The Evening Standard, edited by ex-Treasury chief George Osborne, is reporting that Cabinet ministers have initiated talks with Labour lawmakers.

We asked European politics expert Mai'a Cross, the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern, to explain how the outcome might impact the future of Britain and its impending exit from the European Union. On Monday, the currency was under pressure once again.

"Our campaigning hasn't stopped, it carries on and as soon as this government finally recognises that it can not govern then there will be another election and we will be back in bigger numbers still".

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