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16 Junio 2017, 09:59 | Martinez Canez

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.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said the Prime Minister had not convinced him the "DUP tail is not wagging the Tory dog". May's Conservatives in power.

May is negotiating with the DUP, in an effort to ensure the Northern Ireland party backs her Conservatives in the House of Commons, where she does not have a majority, having failed to win an overall majority following the snap election she called, June 8.

The arrival of DUP leader Arlene Foster followed a Cabinet meeting, during which ministers went over plans "to deliver the best possible Brexit deal" according to a government spokesman.

In London, the Tories and the DUP are trying to agree a so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement, which would see the Northern Irish party back the Government to get key votes through such as on its Budget.

Sinn Fein MPs have traditionally refused to sit in Westminster because they won't swear an oath to the Queen.

The stakes for May are high as lawmakers return for their first day of business Tuesday.

The Government are hoping to negotiate a trade deal with the European Union within the two-year Article 50 process, but the bloc has warned "significant progress" must be made on divorce talks before a future trade relationship with the United Kingdom can be discussed.

Ms May faces the task of satisfying both the pro-European and eurosceptic factions of her party, keeping Northern Ireland calm and negotiating a divorce with 27 other European Union members whose combined economic might is more than five times that of Britain.

As May attempts to cobble together a majority, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned that time was passing in an interview on Tuesday.

The institutions collapsed amid a bitter row between the DUP and Sinn Fein about a botched green energy scheme.

Following a meeting, the party president, Gerry Adams, spoke alongside his colleagues outside No 10.

He said: "We're Irish republicans, we have just been elected on a certain mandate".

"I don't think that kind of deal, particularly if it is not completely and utterly transparent, is in the national interest in any way, shape or form". The Labour Party accepted a number of Liberal policies in exchange for support in motions of no confidence, with the deal lasting 18 months.

The prime minister had hoped to be in the French capital with a strong popular mandate for a "hard" Brexit. Free votes on all sorts of issues should be allowed.

On Monday, the European Commission insisted it was "fully prepared and ready for the negotiations to start" the process.

The DUP is also far more socially conservative than the Conservatives. Foster will demand from Ms.

May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to Brexit talks. "Delay to deal with DUP means likely postponement of Queens speech; and possibly Brexit talks", BBC political reporter Norman Smith said on Twitter.

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