With a fall from 331 to 318 seats in the House of Commons, May is first tapping the socially conservative Democratic Unionists (DUP) of Northern Ireland (DUP), winners of 10 seats, for an arrangement to keep her minority government in power. He has been inundated with messages of support.
Meanwhile, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it’s not too late for the U.K.to change its mind.
Another said the Prime Minister’s speech was “spot on” as she told the party “I got us into this mess, and now I’ll get us out of it”.
It came as the European Commission’s chief negotiator warned that Britain risks crashing out of the EU with no deal if it wastes any more of the time available for Brexit negotiations.
“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.
“So we are very, very positive, and I hope that her majesty’s loyal opposition on this issue when our Prime Minister is in Brussels arguing for the whole country that they understand they said they wanted the same things and that’s what she’s trying to deliver”.
Using Mrs May’s election slogans against her, the Labour leader said: “I’m sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Speech just as soon as coalition of chaos has been negotiated”.
“But she was also resolute and determined in plotting a path over the course of the next five years which will ensure the country emerges stronger and which will ensure that we not only strengthen the economy but also invest more in public services and make sure the quality of people’s lives is enhanced”. This is the third year running that they have been accosted at stations and asked for their support, or had campaign literature thrust into their hands.
“My judgment is that they are fed up to the back teeth with all this”. Worse still, it lacks not only a secure government but also a clear negotiating position that commands a consensus among its political parties, let alone its electorate.
On her way into the packed committee room, a visibly nervous Mrs May managed only the briefest smiles to the reporters waiting outside.
Theresa May’s vision for the United Kingdom was not enough to convince voters that this was actually the best vision to be followed.
The petition calls on the prime minister to condemn the anti-Christian bigotry on display in the attacks on pro-life and socially conservative MPs, and recognise that holding these values is not “extremist”.
Though May’s office insisted Monday that there was no change to her strategy of seeking a clean break with the European Union, withdrawing from its single market and customs union in March 2019, that strategy is being questioned by leading Conservatives, threatening to reawaken a latent civil war within the party over Europe.
Other powerful critical voices quickly followed.
Boris Johnson and Paul Ryan in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 2017.
May has a busy schedule on Tuesday, hosting a cabinet meeting and talks with the DUP leader before travelling to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.
One of the reasons for the delay is also believed to be because the speech has to be written on goat’s skin parchment, which takes a few days to dry – and the Tory negotiations with the DUP mean it can not be ready in time. That includes senior figures in Mrs May’s own party, with Scottish leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Secretary David Mundell both voicing concern over the DUP’s position on gay rights.