UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan

UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan

After deciding to stay on as British PM despite the disastrous election results, Theresa May on Monday unveiled a largely unchanged new cabinet, which met for the first time in the day.

But the BBC reported: “The BBC understands the Queen’s Speech will be delayed by a few days”.

Opposition parties had called for a general election ever since the success of Brexit last June since technically May had not been elected.

As last week’s vote yielded no majority victor, a new speech was required – and the time it would take for that missive to be scrawled upon the thick specialist paper (which is no longer made using animal hides) and sufficiently dried for use was, apparently, a factor in the delay.

Some lawmakers, particularly those from the Scottish National Party, are urging cross-party discussions to reach a consensus on Britain’s exit from the EU.

Theresa May has reportedly promised to get the Tories “out of the mess she created”.

Boris Johnson, the pro-Brexit Foreign Secretary who is viewed as one of the most likely potential challengers, responded to speculation that he was plotting a leadership bid with a newspaper column calling on his colleagues to rally behind May.

On Monday, she faced members of the Conservatives’ 1922 Committee, which can trigger a vote of confidence in a party leader if it receives letters from 15 percent of the party’s MPs.

“There can be no backsliding from the objectives the PM set out in the [election] campaign – taking back control of our laws, our borders, our cash; but also ensuring that we have a great new partnership with the European Union that allows us to trade more freely and enthusiastically than ever”, Mr Johnson wrote in the right-wing tabloid The Sun.

May formed her cabinet despite failing to win a majority in Thursday’s parliamentary election, when her Conservatives won 318 House of Commons seats.

But even in this her lack of authority prevented her from major moves or sackings.

Mrs May’s hopes of survival hinge on a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to provide her with the necessary support she needs in the Commons.

Over the weekend, May’s top two aides stepped aside.

Financial Times columnist Wolfgang Munchau warned against overestimating the effect of Britain’s election on Brexit strategy, as numerous decisions will depend more on its European Union partners. “They want to see government providing that certainty and stability”, she said.

Some of the most senior members of Theresa May’s team have been plotting how to force the prime minister to make concessions on immigration, the customs union and the single market.

“Our position is clearly set out, it is clearly set out in a number of places and there has been no change to that”, May’s spokesman said today.

“Going overseas and being seen to be the prime minister and talking to the president of France… is a classic move to shore up authority at home”, said Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

He also said the government would “walk away” with no deal if talks broke down on ending Britain’s four-decade membership of the European bloc.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said that some policies planned before the election would be pruned back.

“Overall, we believe that the election outcome will hamper Brexit negotiations and increase fiscal risks, and therefore be negative for the U.K.’s credit profile”, Moody’s said in a statement. “May would not have countenanced previously, and which would be positive”.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said there was an “ambiguity” about both what would go in it – with several manifesto pledges expected to be watered down or dropped – but also the need for the Tories to “nail down” DUP support.