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British PM Now Says DUP Talks Ongoing, No Support Deal Yet

13 Juin 2017

The U.K. and the Conservative Party would both be well-served by her speedy departure.

May's new chief of staff will be Gavin Barwell, a former MP who was ousted from his south London constituency as a result of Labour's unexpectedly strong showing in the election.

But a month and a half later, having lost her parliamentary majority, some are now questioning whether May will be able to remain as leader.

And the other thing, I think, which I think caught us by surprise was the sheer effectiveness of the campaigning by Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing leader of the Labour Party who fought a very authentic campaign - quite an old fashioned campaign, in some ways - with big open-air rallies where he really energized people. On average, there was a one point swing to the Conservatives in seats where over 60 per cent of people voted Leave in 2016.

In return for shoring up the Tory majority the party has demanded considerable more resources for Northern Ireland, more influence and involvement in trade deals.

Before the election, May said on her official Twitter account that if she lost "just six seats" she would lose the election to Jeremy Corbyn. "We don't know when Brexit talks will start".

The shock election projection sent the pound lower against the USA dollar and other currencies. The lack of a clear majority for any party could force a more consensual approach.

"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month. Without such a majority, the government can not be assured of passing legislation and often has to rely on the support of other parties. "I know a lot of people that didn't vote past year and I think now they've realized that we could actually go to crap, in a sense, if they don't vote", she added, referring to last June's Brexit referendum.

"Imagine she survives until autumn of next year", he told Reuters. "It is far from guaranteed to vote the deal through".

I mean, what is deeply troubling about this is that a sort of position of neutrality between the Unionist community, who support the union between Northern Ireland and Britain, and the Nationalist community, who believe in a united Ireland, neutrality between those two communities has been an absolute cornerstone of British policy.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she would insist on gay and lesbian rights, including the right to marry.

The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

"Other personnel issues are for other days", she said. It's hard to predict how they'll react, he says. "The task of restoring orderly government in order to make sense of Brexit is now a national emergency, and it falls to them".

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit Minister David Davis will all stay in office.

The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May had been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.

She said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

After failing to secure a majority in the parliament in Thursday's snap general election, British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to form a government with the backing of the Democratic Unionist party.

British PM Now Says DUP Talks Ongoing, No Support Deal Yet