Britain's May in tough talks on forging governing alliance


In a tweet, Verhofstadt said the "current uncertainty can not continue" after the UK's June 8 general election resulted in a hung parliament and left Prime Minister Theresa May scrambling to form a minority government propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Northern Ireland's largest nationalist party Sinn Fein said it would oppose any deal that undermines a peace deal known as the Good Friday Agreement, with President Gerry Adams telling Britain: "We want to govern ourselves".

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", May told Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster.

Like her predecessor, British Prime Minister Theresa May gambled on a vote and it backfired spectacularly, resulting in significant destabilization to her personal position, her Conservative party and her country.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far. "Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

But a deal with the DUP also risks destabilizing Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists.

The reaction by Labour MPs is in stark contrast to the tribulations being endured by Theresa May, who is scrabbling to secure a deal with the DUP to enable her to form a minority Conservative Government.

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

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Whatever her ultimate plan, she will be heavily reliant upon the 10 lawmakers from the eurosceptic DUP, who would help her edge past the 326 votes needed in parliament to avoid the government collapsing.

The government will in all likelihood be able to get its now to-be-delayed Queen's Speech (the details of the laws it hopes to pass, which will be announced by the government) through the House of Commons, with the backing of the DUP, with which it is in the midst of agreeing a "confidence and supply" agreement.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said May needed to listen to rival political parties, and that there would be pressure for a softer Brexit.

Instead she finds herself weakened and isolated as she meets Macron, a 39-year-old neophyte who rode to victory in last month's presidential elections and is on course for a landslide victory in France's legislature.

For that to happen, first and foremost, if she is still prime minister, May must change her rigid, inflexible and authoritarian leadership style, and especially her fatuous "no deal is better than a bad deal" stance.

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, struck a harsher tone: Britain, he said, could change its mind, but it would be poorer.

A lackluster campaign saw her high approval rating slip away, and support for her "hard Brexit" strategy - pulling out of the European single market and customs union - now hangs in the balance.

He also pointed out that three months after Article 50 had been triggered, formal discussions had yet to start.

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