Cabinet briefed on plans for Government deal with DUP

The PM even apologised to Tory MPs for calling a snap election but failing to win it.

Speaking as he arrived for a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Luxembourg, he said: "As we go into that negotiation, my clear view - and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain - is that we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward".

"They would see it as the government paying cash for votes in parliament, and in doing so I think that could well cost votes in the country for the Conservative party, by the bucketload, at a subsequent election", he said.

The Chancellor had been due to use a high-profile speech in the City of London on Thursday night to send out a message the Government would protect business from shocks during the Brexit process.

Theresa May battled Monday to hold on as prime minister of Britain by shoring up support from restive lawmakers in her own Conservative Party, which lost its majority in Parliament in the election last week.

The prime minister's most prominent potential rival, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, sought to quash any suggestion that she would be ousted imminently.

The party supports keeping Britain within the EU's single market, which allows for the free flow of goods, services and people. Ms.

She met DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose Eurosceptic Northern Irish party has 10 parliamentary seats, for more than one hour of talks in Downing Street.

"Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion", Foster said in a tweet after meeting May.

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"Obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the Queen's Speech", said May's deputy Damian Green, referring to an agreement with the DUP.

They campaigned for Brexit despite the fact that Northern Ireland has the most to lose if there is no amicable deal with the EU. He told the BBC: "I am wary about the deal and I am dubious about it".

Theresa May and the Conservative Party appear close to a deal with with the Democratic Unionist Party about forming a government in the United Kingdom, with the official date for the start of Brexit negotiations rapidly approaching.

Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, leaves a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London. And - while they may be rescheduled - Brexit talks are technically meant to begin in just five days' time.

Britain's Press Association, quoting two unnamed sources from the meeting, said May told lawmakers at a closed-door session that she admitted she was the one who "got us into this mess" and vowed that she would be the one who will "get us out of it".

"Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France... is a classic move to shore up authority at home", said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester. Sterling's effective exchange rate dropped by 1.4% the day after the 8 June elections, for a total depreciation of 12.2% since the Brexit vote of 23 June 2016. She even gave her former adversary Michael Gove a role in her Cabinet, after firing him previous year.

Brexit minister David Davis has insisted the approach to the European Union divorce had not changed, but at the meeting with lawmakers on Monday, May recognised that a broader consensus needed to be built for Brexit and made clear she would listen to all wings of the party on the issue.

Speaking straight after a meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster, the Prime Minister praised the increased diversity in the chamber, noting the record number of LGB MPs as well as the record number of BME MPs, disabled MPs and female MPs.

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