Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

May called the election called in a bid to strengthen her mandate ahead of European Union exit talks.

The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

Mr Timothy and Ms Hill had worked for Mrs May when she was home secretary prior to becoming prime minister in July a year ago in the chaotic days that followed the Brexit vote.

The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the "whole of the Conservative Party" when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop.

"Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed, we want a partnership with Europe, we want an agreement that maximizes our access to the single market, comes to an arrangement on immigration, continues the security cooperation we already have with Europe", he told BBC television.

May's party fell short of an overall majority following Thursday's vote and plans to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. Her refusal to take part in a televised debate, which Mr. Corbyn joined in at the last minute, accentuated that image, while moments captured of her on the election trail suggested she wasn't fully engaged with the specific concerns of communities.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to try to bring down the government by defeating Mrs May in Parliament and insisting: "I can still be prime minister".

As for Bangladesh, is there anything we can learn from the way the campaign was conducted on both sides in the general elections in Great Britain or from the manner in which top politicians carried themselves about, and how no major parties shifted from their fundamental alliance and attempted unholy alliances just for poll-time benefits? The British pound tumbled against the U.S. dollar and the euro after the result.

Fallon also said he believed there was a majority in parliament for this Brexit plan. "They were outdated. Brexit negotiations will suffer with a Conservative government", French said.

"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament". The main opposition Labour Party took 262.

And she enlisted the help of the hard-right DUP to get her over the line. May's former director of communications, Katie Perrior, had earlier recounted the "terrible" atmosphere at meetings attended by the pair, whom she said showed no respect for other staff or even ministers. "You will have a very fractious parliament".

But there is only a two-year timeframe for sealing a deal, under a process unleashed by May herself on March 29 and further delayed by her own election gambit.

That could trigger another election as the Tories would face a confidence challenge. Liam Fox, trade minister, also said that May was the only person to take Britain out of the European Union.

He urged May to "go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country".

The Telegraph newspaper said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to seek to oust May.

  • Rogelio Becker