Theresa May 'will serve us as long as we want her' - MPs

Theresa May 'will serve us as long as we want her' - MPs

Conservatives in Scotland, which voted heavily to remain in the European Union past year, are pushing for Mrs May to move the focus of Brexit talks due to start next week onto achieving economic growth and away from immigration, sources in the Scottish party told Reuters.

As she spoke at the private meeting, party managers continued talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland about its 10 MPs working with her 318 Conservative group of MPs to give them a majority in the House of Commons.

"She showed her human side at last", said one MP present at her life-or-death meeting with the 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives. However, those discussions were delayed when May called her snap United Kingdom -wide election.

The mea culpa made to a packed room of Conservative MPs saw the Prime Minister accused of running a "Laurel and Hardy government", as she acknowledged a string of mistakes that squandered her party's grip on power.

Pressure on Theresa May to pursue a more cross-party approach to Brexit with greater focus on the economy is growing amid reports of secret talks between Cabinet ministers and Labour MPs.

However, Britain's imminent withdrawal from the single market of the European Union - of which Ireland remains a member - has raised the specter of full border controls, risking economic turmoil.

Brexit Minister David Davis said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday as planned but they would still begin next week.

"I find it incredibly self indulgent for the Tory party to be going for this sort of stuff", he said on ITV television.

"We can not continue like this", he said, predicting that even a loose alliance between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland can not endure. Ms May is due to meet its leader Arlene Foster on Tuesday.

A Tory-DUP pact is also a partnership that brings into mainstream British politics a party which is opposed to societal ideals widely held by the British public - such as rights for the LGBT community and on abortion and environmental values around climate change.

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"That may mean that some elements of the manifesto will be pruned away, shall we say".

"We've just been returned to government with a minority government in effect; it's our duty to make it work, it's our duty to make it deliver for the British people".

It follows the resignations of her co-chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill whose abrasive style upset ministers and who were blamed by many in the party for the abysmal election campaign.

Britain's Press Association says May, who was greeted with around 25 seconds of table banging and a brief cheer, told lawmakers at the closed-door meeting that she planned to sort out the problems facing her party.

It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May previous year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams said he would not call a Tory-DUP coalition "stable", turning Mrs May's own slogan against her to brand it "a coalition of chaos". Writing in the mass-circulation Sun newspaper, Johnson stressed that the Conservatives won more votes than at any time since Margaret Thatcher and are still the largest party in Parliament.

"I have said it for the last six months, this talks process needs an independent chairman to get things done".

Brexit Secretary David Davis told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We are being given an instruction by the British people and we've got to carry it out".

"My judgment is that they are fed up to the back teeth with all this".

"The period of continuous Tory rule since 2010 has been a constant source of instability for the political process".

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