Top two aides to British PM May quit

Marsha Scott
June 12, 2017

All the most senior ministers - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - kept their jobs and there were few changes in the Cabinet lineup.

People demonstrate in Parliament Square against the possible Conservative and DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) coalition government following the Britain's general election result, in London, Saturday June 10, 2017.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she assumed Britain still wanted to leave the European Union and that talks must start quickly. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce.

The fallout from Thursday's snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the United Kingdom.

The spokesman indicated this would not be a formal coalition but a minority government with looser DUP support on a "confidence and supply basis".

However, another senior Labour source said it would become clear the pair did not have a difference of opinion.

"I reject all of those views personally, but the Tory party doesn't have a choice in order to get a majority", he said.

Theresa May was left eight seats short of an overall majority in the general election this week.

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Cameron assumed that the British voters would ratify Britain's continued membership in the European Union and thus allow him to silence so-called Euroskeptics within his own party.

He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year.

"I sought, and to be fair to the prime minister, received a categoric assurance that in talking to the DUP that there would be no suggestion of any rollback on LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom", she told reporters.

"We all know politicians like telling lies / Big ones, little ones, porky pies / Saying they're strong and stable, won't disguise / We're still being taken for a ride", reads one verse. May's party lost its outright majority in elections Thursday. "I just don't see how she can continue in any long-term way".

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".

The Conservatives have been warned that attempting to form a government with the help of the DUP could be detrimental to LGBT rights. On Friday, May announced that she would form a new government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, which was founded by Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley and which in the past has shared power with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Party, in Northern Ireland. I'm very proud to lead this party.

But Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the DUP, which is opposed to abortion and gay rights.

The alliance makes some modernising Conservatives uneasy. May's former director of communications, Katie Perrior, had earlier recounted the "terrible" atmosphere at meetings attended by the pair, whom she said showed no respect for other staff or even ministers.

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