The Cable

LONDON (AP) -- Senior members of British Prime Minister Theresa May's government rallied to her defense Monday amid doubts over her ability to remain in power following a disastrous election result.

As the Conservative Party digested the loss of its majority in last week's election, government officials suggested both the announcement of the prime minister's agenda, known as the Queen's Speech, and talks over Britain's divorce from the European Union could be postponed.

Sky News reported the speech would be delayed a few days - a highly unusual circumstance in a country where the monarch's schedule is determined months in advance.

The possible delays come as critics urge cross-party discussions to reach a consensus on Britain's exit from the EU. May's failure to get a majority has undercut her tough Brexit strategy, which had raised fears that Britain was heading for a so-called "hard Brexit," which could potentially see tariffs slapped on British exports to the bloc.

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