“I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out”, May told Conservatives MPs during a crunch meeting in Westminster.
Despite an election in which she and her Conservative Party lost their majority in Parliament, she and her surrogates had insisted in recent days that the country’s plans to ask Europe for a clean break following almost a half-century of union would not be affected.
The EU’s Brexit chief met British officials on Monday, June 12 to try to hammer out a date for the start of formal talks, as concerns grew that negotiations could be delayed by the fallout from Britain’s chaotic election, AFP reports.
The prime minister said she had tapped experience across the “whole of the Conservative Party” when she appointed Mr Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with Mrs May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who attended a political cabinet meeting on Monday, said she wanted the economy to be “first and foremost in our minds” in Brexit talks, in a signal that she wants the PM to scale back her focus on her priority of controlling immigration.
May is now in talks with Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – which won 10 seats – to forge an informal alliance.
May was appearing for the first time since the election in front of lawmakers furious at the catastrophic campaign that cost the party its majority and threatens to end her premiership.
Mrs May is due to meet DUP leader Arlene Foster today to hammer out a deal to support the minority government.
May said she’d spoken to all those who lost their seats, and the party was going to help them find new jobs.
“That’s certainly something I’d emphasise in any contacts that I have with Prime Minister May“, he said. Theresa May backed the Remain campaign, until she launched her leadership campaign with the slogan “Brexit means Brexit”.
After chairing a Cabinet meeting followed by her meeting with the DUP leader at Downing Street, May is set to travel to Paris to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.
Following the disappointing results for the Conservative Party and the promising results for Labour in the June 8 general elections, many Britons are calling on May to resign and give way to the Labour Party to form a new government.
The Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU) were set to kick off on Monday, which have now been delayed until later next week.
Theresa May says not to worry about DUP views on ‘LGB.what’s the rest of it?’
Some Brexiteer MPs are believed to have made their position clear ahead of the meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, insisting their support for Ms May depends on her sticking to her manifesto commitment to quit the European single market.
Without a so-called “confidence and supply” deal with the DUP, her party risks losing the vote next week on the Queen’s Speech, which lays out the agenda for the government.
She added: “What the public want to see now is rather than the parties using this as an excuse to constantly be sniping, what the public will judge all politicians on is how prepared are we to work together in the national interest”.
“We are nine days away from the talks starting and I don’t think it’s actually a bad thing at all, considering one of the most contentious issues will be the Irish border, to have the DUP involved with people on the ground who quite rightly want to maintain a common travel area and maintain the easiest possible free movement of goods and services and people, which is exactly what we all want”, he said.