UK PM May's Brexit plan has not changed, her spokesman says


David Davis, the cabinet member in charge of Brexit, said talks with the European Union may not start on Monday because it would clash with the Queen's Speech, but they will still begin next week.

All the most senior ministers - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - kept their jobs and there were few changes in the Cabinet lineup.

"There can be no backsliding from the objectives the PM set out in the [election] campaign - taking back control of our laws, our borders, our cash; but also ensuring that we have a great new partnership with the European Union that allows us to trade more freely and enthusiastically than ever", Mr Johnson wrote in the right-wing tabloid The Sun.

"I don't detect any great appetite amongst my colleagues for presenting the public with a massive additional dose of uncertainty by getting involved in a self-indulgent Conservative Party internal election campaign.", Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, told BBC TV.

Ms May appeared contrite, sought to apologise for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong.

"It may not be on the Monday because we've also got the Queen's Speech that week and I will have to speak in that and so on".

"To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even - God help us - a second referendum, I say come off it. Get a grip, everyone", he says.

Theresa May defeated her hard left Socialist opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, whose big government, high tax, heavy spending agenda promised to return the United Kingdom to the dark days of the 1970s, when Britain's economy was dubbed the "sick man" of Europe.

As Conservative Party leader Theresa May continues talks with the Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to maintain a Conservative government, industry figures called on the new government to ensure that creative workers are given a voice when Brexit negotiations get underway.

Perhaps the most significant of all for businesses, including the 800 odd Indian firms in Britain, will be the government's stance on Brexit, and whether the result will force the government to revisit its plans to deliver on a so-called "hard Brexit", moving out of the customs union and single market.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties, whose power-sharing administration in Belfast collapsed earlier this year.

DUP leader Foster said there had been "positive engagement" so far.

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there was "no time to lose" after May began the two-year countdown to Britain's withdrawal by triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty on March 29.

The most senior ministers stayed in post, while May was forced to bring back into the Cabinet one of her long-term political foes, Michael Gove, to appease an angry Conservative Party.

She added: "The mandate given to us by the people will be used responsibly".

Downing Street said that a confidence and supply arrangement with the DUP would "provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond".

On the Sunday talk shows in Britain, former Tory chancellor George Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard and a sharp-tongued critic of the prime minister, called May "a dead woman walking" and suggested that she would be out of office by next year. It found a negative swing of 34 points in confidence from its last survey in May.The pound slid to its lowest level for almost two months after the vote, but the fall was much less severe than the one sparked by the Brexit vote in June 2016.

The pound slid to its lowest level for almost two months after the vote, but the fall was much less severe than the one sparked by the Brexit vote in June 2016. "Non-UK EU nationals are an important part of the creative economy".

"That reputation in 12 months has been destroyed, truly destroyed. That has really profound implications for multinational businesses that have made a long-term bet on London being the sensible place to base themselves".