UK leader strikes deal to stay in power
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 11:05
While Mrs May said her top ministers would remain in post, she hinted her two close aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - blamed by many Tory MPs for the party's disastrous campaign - could face the chop.
A deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to allow Theresa May to govern as Prime Minister would be "bad news" for women given the party's opposition to relaxing Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws, opposition politicians have warned. "This is still on".
As she retreated inside No. 10, it was claimed the Prime Minister had to be told to apologise to her defeated MPs and ministers, by the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady.
Brexit negotiations start in one week but leaders in Brussels won't take May seriously when there is nearly zero chance of her remaining in position to finish the negotiations.
Still, May's status remains shaky, at best, after the Conservatives' principal rival, the Labour Party, pulled off a dramatically positive showing at the ballot box Thursday.
The Northern Irish party has long remained on the fringes of mainstream British politics. He said the Brexit content of that amendment would be about negotiating as quickly as possible a "jobs-first Brexit". Departing Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has made many mistakes but he was right when he said on election night that May has "put Brexit in jeopardy".
Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a matter of months, depending on the Brexit negotiations.
May wanted to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry told Sky News that the Labour party was "absolutely on our toes" to set up an alternative minority government if May's government falls apart, accusing the Conservative Prime Minister of "squatting in Downing Street".
The Conservative party have struck a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to keep Theresa May's party in power.
But after gambling away a majority in parliament in an election she did not need to call, May needs to unite a disillusioned party around her to not only support her in the Brexit talks but also to strike a deal with a small Northern Irish party that will enable her to stay in power.
Several Conservative lawmakers have warned that May can not carry on indefinitely, after throwing away a 17-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons. Meanwhile, the Labour Party started the campaign looking as if it was maybe facing some sort of existential disaster. The number needed for a majority is 326. That day, Queen Elizabeth II will appear before Parliament and give a speech setting out the new government's agenda. This is where a cabinet is sworn into office despite not commanding a majority in parliament. He told ITV: "I believe the DUP is in favour of scrapping the bedroom tax".
Many Tories are furious with the Prime Minister for losing her Commons majority and are blaming her personally and her inner circle.
On Twitter, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest grouping, the European People's Party, said, "EU did not want #Brexit, but has been prepared to negotiate it since past year".