British Prime Minister Theresa May was scheduled to meet the leader of a small Northern Irish Protestant party on Tuesday to save her premiership and avoid a second election that would thrust Brexit negotiations into turmoil.
May failed to secure an outright majority after Thursday's election and is aiming to strike a deal with the DUP to pass her legislative programme.
The DUP's leader, Arlene Foster, and MPs Nigel Dodds and Jeffrey Donaldson, have been locked in talks in Westminster for two days with senior Tories including the chief whip, Gavin Williamson.
Sinn Fein, which won seven seats in the British parliament last week but does not take up its seats or vote in Westminster, would likely reject a deal to form a government by refusing to work with the DUP in Northern Ireland.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, warned Tuesday that "the current uncertainty can not continue" and on Wednesday issued five "pressing questions" on Twitter. "I hope that we can reach a conclusion sooner than later".
After House Speaker John Bercow was re-elected without challenge, a chastened May quipped: "At least someone got a landslide".
An organiser for the Women's March said the event was "for self-defining women, kids, non-binary people and all who love and support us".
She said: "I think there is a unity of goal among people in the United Kingdom".
The Conservative source said: "We're confident of getting an agreement, we're confident that the Queen's speech will be passed". During the election campaign, May had used the "coalition of chaos" phrase to describe what a victory for Labour would look like.
"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out of it", May told her party MPs.
May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to Brexit talks. Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, Major and Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU. "So of course we would support any monies going to the executive", Adams said.
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"And then doing what's right for Northern Ireland in respect of economic matters".
Even the idea of an alliance is complicated, however.
The 1998 Good Friday Agreement commits the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.
Foster's rivals in Northern Ireland, such as Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams, have objected.
In a statement afterwards, Mrs May said that "good progress" had been made and an agreement was possible if there was "good will on all sides".
The stakes for May are high.
The leader of Northern Ireland's DUP has said that it is "complete and utter nonsense" to describe her party as homophobic.
As talks go on, the European Union unveiled plans to give itself new powers over London's banking business after Brexit, in what could be a blow to the city's supremacy as a global financial hub.
"I can't negotiate with myself", he told European newspapers including the Financial Times.