United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

by Abel Hampton June 12, 2017, 10:58
United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

She said she would work with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland to form a coalition government.

European Council President Donald Tusk last night congratulated Mrs May on her reappointment as Prime Minister and urged her to start talks as soon as possible on Britain's exit from the EU. We have worked well with May.

The Conservatives lost their House of Commons majority in Thursday's election and will not be able to govern without support from the DUP's 10 members of parliament.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called May a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

"Some people have said they have had fairly enough severity politics", he said, repeating the pledges he made during his campaign to push for higher funding for education and health.

Front and center among many questions facing May's new government is the matter of Brexit.

FILE - This is a July 25, 2017 file photo of of Arlene Foster, left, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, during a meeting in Belfast.

There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage. May and her party had been expected to win by large margins, but things did not go as she had planned.

Mr Crowther said: "Though she is personally damaged as our negotiator, the suggestion that Mrs May's dismal electoral performance relieves the Government of the need to achieve full Brexit is absolutely unacceptable".

"I think the Conservative party as a whole is reluctant to get rid of Theresa May now because it would mean a leadership election, it would mean stalling on Brexit talks", Menon said. "Instead of strong and stable leadership we witness chaos and uncertainty", he said, mocking May's campaign slogan.

May has confirmed five of her most senior ministers will remain in their pre-election roles, but has yet to announce whether there will be any changes to other jobs within her top team of ministers, known as the cabinet.

The DUP are pro-union in United Kingdom terms, pro-Brexit and socially conservative.

This group of Tory backbenchers, already concerned about the direction the Conservatives have taken under Mrs May in areas such as her support for grammar schools, could now find themselves at odds with their leader over accommodations she reaches with the DUP.

Given May's diminished state, many in the European Union are wondering how long she will be leading the country and - by extension - guiding the Brexit negotiations.

However she has only until 2.30pm Tuesday to make that promise a reality, when she is likely to face a vote of confidence in the reconvened new parliament where the Conservatives are a minority after a disastrous election ended with a hung parliament.

Even if a deal is struck, May could struggle to get backing from parliament for her Brexit stance.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the Prime Minister on, and I received [them]".

"If we're going to have a leadership contest in the Conservative Party what we can not do is have another coronation", she said, referring to May's leadership, which was not put to the members of the Conservative Party and instead was only voted on by the party's lawmakers.

"I just can't see how she can continue in any long-term way".

Support for May within the party ranks plunged after the election results and now lots of party members are calling on her to step down.

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