PM May now heads wobbly minority government

PM May now heads wobbly minority government

Top Theresa May aides quit Saturday following this week’s election debacle.

It was another humiliation for May, and a sign that the socially conservative DUP, with its strong focus on Northern Ireland’s specific political complexities, will not necessarily be a compliant partner for her minority government. She’s now attempting to form a government. The British Parliament has a total of 650 seats. “It is not the outcome any of us would have wanted in the Conservative Party“.

Some analysts are interpreting the vote as a rejection of a hard Brexit. Their influence had increasingly angered senior ministers. “The mandate she’s got is: lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence“, he said.

The change was unlikely to significantly quell unrest within the party.

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her – and others said her days were numbered after last week’s disastrous election.

Trump offered his warm support to May over the just- concluded parliamentary election, it said.

The 10 DUP MPs could prove crucial in supporting the Conservatives on key votes after Thursday’s election saw Mrs May lose control of the Commons.

But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn’s supporters at bloodying Mrs May’ s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a “famous victory”.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland’s British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties, whose power-sharing administration in Belfast collapsed earlier this year.

But her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit, and the election result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years.

Britain’s general election resulted in what the English call a “hung Parliament“, conjuring grisly images from the Middle Ages but actually meaning no party got a majority.

But Mr Corbyn said: “We will put forward our point of view, and we are of course ready to serve”. As the results came in, sterling fell by more than two cents against the U.S. dollar.

But the most senior European Union official on Brexit offered calmer words: “Negotiations should start when the United Kingdom is ready”, tweeted the chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier.

“May won’t be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority”, he said.

However, Mrs May insisted that, as the leader of the largest party in the new parliament, she had a duty to act in the “national interest”.

Britain’s best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of her party had vowed to get rid of May but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Jeremy Corbyn still thinks he can become prime minister instead of Theresa May. The Labour leader was written off long ago, yet he has returned the best set of results for his party in years: 261 seats in Parliament, more than any other Labour leader since Tony Blair, and more than 40 per cent of the popular vote.

Beard: Well, on the one hand, they must be rubbing their hands with glee because they can say to any country that is considering pulling out of the European Union, “Look at the trouble it causes. And make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country”.

If she is to succeed in delivering the end of Britain’s European Union membership which 52 percent of the British public demanded previous year, she must find a way to recapture the full support of her party because she will need their votes to pass legislation preparing for and ultimately enacting the departure.

Managing that process will not be easy.

Damian Green, a lawmaker in the pro-EU wing of the party, was promoted to first secretary of state – effectively deputy prime minister.