Clinging On To Her Job, Britain's May Appoints New Ministers
00:07, Jun 12, 2017
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May is struggling to reassert her leadership, having called an election three years early hoping to strengthen her hand going into Brexit negotiations - only to see the gamble backfire spectacularly.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May was clinging to power by her fingernails on Sunday after losing her parliamentary majority in last Thursday's election, as an agreement with the minority Democratic Unionist Party that would keep the Conservatives in power was still not finalized. However, what we're facing now because of this election result is potentially a period of pretty damaging paralysis, because Theresa May hasn't got a stonking great majority in Parliament.
Just after noon on Friday, May was driven the short distance from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system. Speaking after being re-elected to his London seat, Corbyn said May should "go. and make way for a government that is truly representative of all the people of this country".
Conservative legislator Nigel Evans said the departure of the two aides was "a start", but there needed to be changes to the way the government functioned in the wake of the campaign.
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.
May confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that Britain was ready to begin Brexit negotiations "as planned in the next couple of weeks", reassuring European Union leaders who had expressed doubts after her heavy electoral losses.
May had spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Saturday, insisting that Britain was ready to start Brexit talks "as planned in the next couple of weeks, according to Downing Street". We know when they must end. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations". It said Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the "country all but ungovernable".
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, boosted by his unexpectedly good election performance, told the BBC he will put forward an alternative program for government and invite lawmakers to vote for it in place of May's.
Tory supporter Nick, 31, blamed the defeat on May's "arrogance". Nor did her appeals to fear and willingness to "throw out" human rights in the face of terror do much to help her cause. "Whoever takes over has to understand campaigning is important", he told AFP in London. Although some results are still being counted, the final Conservative tally is expected to be 319, down from 331 in the last election in 2015.
The critical damage Theresa May wreaked on her chances of winning the election during a disastrous campaign has been laid bare in a poll published by a senior Conservative donor. Instead she stuck to her formula - "Hard Brexit", tough-sounding language, "it's all about immigration". The cost of that "hard" Brexit is likely to be Britain leaving the European single market, something that could bring with it extremely difficult economic consequences. The tabloid Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips".
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