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UK prime minister makes Cabinet appointments

UK prime minister makes Cabinet appointments

DUP leader Arlene Foster is to meet Mrs May in London tomorrow, Sky News reported.

"If they don't accept the phased negotiations then we will take a year to draw up a new set of negotiating guidelines for Barnier", one senior European Union diplomat said, adding that the European Union could not understand Britain's continued claim that it would be able to discuss trade and the divorce terms in parallel.

Mrs May has shown little public contrition for the electoral gamble that backfired but was forced to accept the resignations of her two closest aides - reportedly a requirement by cabinet colleagues for allowing her to stay in office. The Prime Minister explained that she is working towards a confidence and supply deal with the DUP which would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward.

In a move that could jeopardise her frantic attempts to remain as Prime Minister, the DUP is accusing Downing Street of announcing a deal on its MPs voting with the Tories in the Commons before an agreement has been reached.

'We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond.

Ultra-conservative and populist, the DUP opposes gay rights and abortion while supporting the teaching of Biblical creationism in schools, a stance that puts it at odds with mainstream British politics.

"As and when details are finalised both parties will put them forward", it said, referring to May's Conservative Party and the DUP.

May's new chief of staff will be Gavin Barwell, a former MP who was ousted from his south London constituency as a result of Labour's unexpectedly strong showing in the election.

It was a surprise move - Gove was sacked as justice minister by May past year after his bid to become party leader forced now-foreign minister Boris Johnson from the race, amid accusations of treachery and political backstabbing. He tweeted that an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper headlined "Boris set to launch bid to be PM as May clings on" was "tripe". Let's get on with the job'.

A latest YouGov poll for "The Sunday Times" revealed that voters, by a margin of 48 per cent to 38 per cent, believe the Prime Minister should resign and for the first time Corbyn has drawn level with May on the question of who would be the best Prime Minister.

But, unlike during the election campaign, when she repeatedly referred to the talks starting on 19 June, she wasn't specific about the date, suggesting it might slip.

But the leadership speculation confirms just how politically wounded the Prime Minister has suddenly become.

He said: "I am backing Theresa May".

'Theresa May has been to the palace.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne pulled no punches in his assessment of May's chances of survival as the conservative leader, though this may have been payback for his unceremonious dismissal from her cabinet previous year.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.

Corbyn will push a substantial amendment to the Queen's speech.

"We have a programme, we have support and we're ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country on the agenda we put forward, which is transformative and has gained fantastic levels of support", he added.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has instructions to seek a deal that preserves the rights of 3 million EU citizens in Britain, recovers money owed by London (possibly $65 billion) and limits any damage to Irish peace from a "hard" EU-U.K. land border. That's why I'm here'.