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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour 'ready to fight' another election

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election.

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".

"I think everybody wants to see an agreement in the end that does respect what the British people voted for previous year - makes sure that our cooperation with Europe continues, our trade with Europe continues, our security cooperation with Europe continues", he said.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, meanwhile, is reported to have told the Prime Minister that she needed to put "jobs first" in negotiating a new deal with Brussels, in comments seen as a coded attack on her focus on controlling immigration. Let's get on with the job'.

At least two members of her Cabinet - foreign minister Boris Johnson and the minister overseeing Brexit negotiations, David Davis - are already taking soundings to see if they have enough backing now to oust her, if she resists mounting calls for her to set a timetable for departure.

The Conservatives could command a thin majority with the support of the DUP if they manage to to do a deal with the Northern Irish party.

Her Downing Street office initially announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" had been agreed with the DUP, only for the smaller party to contradict that account hours later. Her failure to secure a working majority - falling below the 326 threshold by eight seats - led to talks with the DUP whose 10 seats will enable the party to push through Brexit legislation.

Its message appears to strike a different chord to that taken by Prime Minister Theresa May this week.

"We all need to pull together to take on Theresa May and take on the Tories", she told Sky News. May has said her government will go ahead with these discussions as planned. Where I frame it is, we want a tariff-free access to the European market, we also want to maintain a very important university and research collaboration in Europe, and there's a whole host of European agencies - Euratom, security, environment - in which we wish to be part of. In the case of the Brexit campaign, however, this meant that no-one is quite sure where the cash came from to run DUP's impressive ad buying campaign.

"The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring", the Irish government said in a statement.

At the same time Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland - where the party reversed the trend in England and gained MPs - has called for a new approach building cross-party support for an "open Brexit".

Labour's next big push will come during the Queen's Speech on June 19 which will herald the opening of a new parliament in the United Kingdom and will contain a new budget as well as the program of government.

Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament. She's then got to present a programme to Parliament.

He also suggested he was ready to build bridges with some of the Labour MPs who have opposed his leadership. Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech.


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