Senior Cabinet minister offer support to UK prime minister

However, the business sector remained spooked, with a snap poll of business leaders conducted by the Institute of Directors in the United Kingdom finding a drop in confidence following the election.

The turmoil started when May made a decision to hold snap elections to gain more seats for her party, which already had majority in parliament, to strengthen her position in the upcoming Brexit talks scheduled for June 19.

Prime Minister Theresa May reappointed most of her ministers on Sunday but brought a Brexit campaigner and party rival into government to try to unite her Conservatives after a disastrous election sapped her authority, days before Brexit talks begin.

The outcome of last week's vote has also thrown into doubt what Britain would seek from Brexit talks with the European Union, complex negotiations which will have profound implications for the world's fifth largest economy.

The timing of the government's Queen's Speech, set for next week is likely to be delayed as Conservative Party irons agrees a deal to give it a House of Commons majority by securing the support of the Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

The talks with the DUP follow May's apology to Conservative rank-and-file lawmakers in a meeting Monday 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.

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.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", she told her Conservative MPs.

Gove said he rejected the terms "soft" and "hard" Brexit because "I'm never sure what they mean" and that the term "hard Brexit" was invented by people who want Brexit to be seen as "some sort of punishment". It went as well as it could, she showed some humility and admitted things had gone wrong.' There was a consensus that the last thing the party needs is another election and May in turn promised to serve as long as her party needed her.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the government should put economic growth at the heart of its Brexit strategy, while some senior ministers have pushed for less focus on immigration and more on jobs.

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"You're going to see in the next few weeks her taking back command, her taking back the reins, her showing what she's good at, which is delivering for the country", he said as he sought to soothe over the political turmoil that has gripped the government since Thursday's election.

With the two-year clock on Brexit ticking since March, when a letter from May formally started proceedings, Mr Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would prompt only further instability.

Mrs May also assured MPs that the DUP would not have any sway over policy on LGBT rights and any "confidence and supply" deal with them would not have any effect on talks aiming to restore the powersharing Northern Ireland government, the MP said.

The Sinn Féin leader, who has confirmed his party's elected members will not take their seats in Parliament, called on both the outgoing and incoming Taisoeach to be prepared to act on their expressed concerns over the DUP's pivotal new role in Westminster. She has called for a closer relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

"Any deal which undercuts in any way the process here or the Good Friday and the other agreements is one which has to be opposed by progressives", he said as he stood in front of the party's seven new MPs.

"Scotland voted against Brexit".

DUP leader Arlene Foster arriving at 10 Downing Street in London for talks on a deal to prop up a Tory minority administration.

In an article in the Belfast Telegraph, Foster listed three priorities, including getting Northern Ireland's devolved power-sharing government at Stormont working again.

Barnier said: "All options are available and on the table".

The UK Government wants the talks to take place in parallel during the Brexit process. "And she will certainly get it from me".

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