UK Parliament opening date set, suggesting Tory deal reached

She added: "Progress will not come from a deal between the DUP and Tories to prop up a Government in Westminster with an austerity and Brexit agenda".

As Britain entered a sixth day of political turmoil, Mrs May's team continued talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to secure their support after the Prime Minister failed to win a majority in last Thursday's election.

The former first minister told the BBC that she hoped the talks could reach a conclusion "sooner rather than later".

She said: "I think there is a unity of objective among people in the United Kingdom".

The Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU) were set to kick off on Monday, which have now been delayed until later next week.

He suggested the DUP would be asking for money and that would be seen as the "government paying cash for votes in parliament", and would be received badly in other parts of the UK.

She met DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose Eurosceptic Northern Irish party has 10 parliamentary seats, for more than one hour of talks in Downing Street.

May would remain the prime minister of the country while the DUP MPs would play a critical role in helping the Conservatives remain in power.

Demonstrators denounced what they called the homophobic and sexist values of the party, and argued that a Tory pact with the DUP could put the Northern Irish peace process at risk.

"This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and anxious about what it may mean", Sinn Fein MP Michelle Glidernew told AFP.

"If there are difficulties with the Northern Ireland executive or with any one of a number of things that might well arise during the Brexit negotiations, it is very important that there's an honest broker".

"It's passing quicker than anyone believes..." That's why we're ready to start very quickly. "I can't negotiate with myself", he told European newspapers including the Financial Times.

She also gave a glimpse into the issues on the table, saying Brexit, counter-terrorism, and "doing what's right" for the Northern Ireland economy were among the key issues being thrashed out. "We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov (ernment)". "We are continuing to have talks but today, as you will imagine, there has been a real focus on this awful tragedy in London", May said.

May has said the divorce talks, likely to be the most complex in Europe since World War Two, will begin as planned next week and her Brexit minister, David Davis, said Britain's negotiating position was unchanged.

Former prime minister David Cameron, who called last year's European Union referendum and resigned after losing it, told a conference in Poland that "there will be pressure for a softer Brexit".

May faces a hard balancing act.

"The British government has said we will stay with the Brexit", Mr Schaeuble said.