“I’m the person who got us into this mess and I’m the one who is going to get us out of it“, she said, Reuters reports, citing a Conservative lawmaker who attended the meeting.
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.
Mrs May has emerged from a key party committee meeting with backing to continue as PM – largely because there is no obvious successor and no appetite for fresh elections under her or anybody else.
The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged nearly two percent since last Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to parliament.
May vowed to stay on despite the poor results, and on Sunday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time on Monday.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off claims he was plotting a fresh leadership bid, insisting that he fully supported Mrs May.
“The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking”, he wrote in The Sun tabloid.
May, who is trying to wrap up an arrangement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party that would allow her to lead a government with a majority of votes in the House of Commons, moved to demonstrate that she understands the frustration within her own ranks following the election.
“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 a an agreement with the DUP.
While the DUP are deeply eurosceptic, they have balked at some of the practical implications of a so-called hard Brexit – including a potential loss of a “frictionless border” with the Republic of Ireland – and talks will touch on efforts to minimise the potential damage to Northern Ireland.
“We want the European Union to continue to remain strong and we want to continue to cooperate”. The government prepares the speech for the monarch, and reportedly it had two versions ready before the election; one to be used in the case of a Conservative majority, and one for an outright Labour victory.
“I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term”, she told reporters in No 10.
The prime minister’s spokesperson clarified the government’s position were in line with Davis’ statement. It will also mean battle after battle – not just with 27 other European Union nations, but with her parliamentary opponents and her own disgruntled party. Remaining in the Single Market would require acceptance of the four pillars of the European Union and retaining both the freedom of movement and the supremacy of the ECJ.
Ms May appeared contrite, sought to apologise for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong.
DUP leader Foster said there had been “positive engagement” so far.
Arlene Foster told ITV news, ‘There’s been a lot of hyperbole talked about our position to the gay community. However, I think she should resign, and there are increasing calls for her to do so.
The talks revolve around support from the DUP on a vote-by-vote basis in parliament, rather than a formal coalition government. “The Conservatives and the DUP are entitled to have discussions but people are entitled to be anxious”.
They are hoping to ramp up the pressure on the region’s largest political party to change its stance at a time when its policies on social issues are under renewed scrutiny due to the likely parliamentary deal with the minority Tory government.