May seeks to allay peace process fears over DUP alliance

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the Conservatives' disastrous performance in last week's election as she faced her party's angry MPs today, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

"We have worked as a party with the DUP before and those are productive talks".

Ms May is now engaged in talks with the Democratic Unionist Party over a so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement that give the Conservatives a majority in the House of Commons and the ability to form a government.

Before joining French President Emmanuel Macron to watch England get beaten 3-2 by France in Paris, she insisted she will not need extra time to negotiate Brexit.

He wouldn't be drawn on whether he supported Britain's continued membership in the single market and said May's minority government will negotiate in a "pragmatic" manner, striving for a solution that works for both sides.

"I'm suggesting that the Conservative Party works with those both within the House of Commons and with people without to ensure that as we leave the European Union, we have a Brexit that works for the economy and puts that first", Davidson told the BBC after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

The report cited unnamed sources, and the finance ministry declined to comment.

In a shakeup following last week's election fiasco, May fired the Brexit-supporting David Jones from her ministerial team, while George Bridges, who steered legislation through the upper house of Parliament, quit.

The UK's Brexit Secretary Mr Davis and the lead negotiator for the remaining 27 countries released a joint statement this afternoon revealing the opening session of negotiations on June 19. Once done, however, Brexit would be hard to reverse.

However, a deal with the DUP also risks destabilising Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists. They have struggled for years with Irish nationalists, who want the British province to join a united Ireland.

"Any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the Good Friday Agreement is one which has to be opposed", he said.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she is ready to "tango" with Sinn Fein in order to finally put a government together in NI after five months of legislative bedlam.

"We want to see a Brexit that works for everybody, not just in Northern Ireland from my perspective but in the Republic of Ireland as well, so it is about a sensible Brexit", Foster told reporters.

Addressing her party on Monday after one of its most memorable electoral failures, May said she would take a broader, more consultative approach to the Brexit talks.

The talks Tuesday with the Democratic Unionist Party follows her apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting which signaled she would be more open to consultation, particularly with business leaders demanding answers about the details on Britain's departure from the European Union.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said May needed to listen to rival political parties, and that there would be pressure for a softer Brexit. Data on Wednesday showed average weekly pay in the three months to April fell by 0.4 percent on the year in inflation-adjusted terms - the biggest fall since the three months to September 2014.

On his talks in London with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, he said they had offered an "Irish solution to an English problem" as giving Northern Ireland special European Union status after Brexit to keep an open border on the island.

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