Britain entered a sixth day of political limbo on Wednesday with Prime Minister Theresa May yet to seal a deal to prop up her minority government and facing calls to soften her stance on Brexit days before negotiations on leaving the European Union begin.
As European leaders tried to fathom exactly how Britain would begin the negotiations, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany wanted a Brexit deal that would limit negative consequences for the bloc but also did not want it to weaken Britain. "I think it's unlikely there will be any announcement today", a DUP spokesman told AFP. A spokesman for May's Downing Street office refused to discuss the talks.
He was followed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who was asked about the prospect during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris on Tuesday. Her Conservative Party called such an arrangement "necessary" in its election manifesto.
Last year, Theresa May's government made a choice to interpret the result of the Brexit referendum as an instruction from the electorate to prioritise reducing immigration over the concerns of businesses or the wider wealth of the nation.
Parliament now "deserves a say", he said, adding that there was "perhaps an opportunity to consult more widely with the other parties on how best we can achieve it".
She declined to speculate about any change in Britain's plans to withdraw from the European Union following the election, saying, "The citizens have decided, and I assume that we will have to carry out these negotiations".
He wouldn't be drawn on whether he supported Britain's continued membership in the single market and said May's minority government will negotiate in a "pragmatic" manner, striving for a solution that works for both sides.
France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that "the door remains open" for the United Kingdom to ditch plans for Brexit and stay in the EU. The European Union (EU) on the other hand, came out with their proposals about two months ago and has already set their agenda for the discussions.
Barnier dismissed the suggestion of postponing the negotiations and said such a delay would only prompt further instability.
That would eliminate the need for a significantly stronger border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, a step that many leaders on that island have anxious could spark new violence in a dormant conflict.
Glenn Vaughan, head of the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, said the Brexit talks must be conducted in a way to cause the least possible harm to the British as well as European economy.
They would not form a coalition.
The king maker DUP, as a unionist party, is in favour of Brexit but they wish to retain access to Single Market and want to prevent a hard border with the Republic of Ireland. As well as fears that it could disrupt peace in Northern Ireland, the Treasury is believed to be concerned over potential costs.
The Irish republican Sinn Fein party - which won seven seats in the election although their MPs traditionally do not take up their seats in protest - is also wary of the alliance.
"If the Government cannot even secure a deal with the DUP, how on earth can they get a deal with the EU?"