May's top aides resign after United Kingdom election fiasco

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2017

Political commentators Friday called it the gamble that went spectacularly wrong for Prime Minister Theresa May.

Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party.

"This is still on".

In contrast to Theresa, Corbyn was presented by the media as a basket case, struggling to keep the almost defunct Labour Party alive.

In a pointed Twitter post linking to a speech describing the legalisation of same-sex marriage as life-changing, the openly gay Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson reminded the potential new partners of the government that she was a "Protestant Unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic".

Theresa May's front bench is attempting to pick up the pieces but they are resorting to petty rhetoric, with Michael Fallon even saying on Peston "we have more in common with the DUP than other parties". "There's a possibility of voting it down it and we're going to push that all the way", he told the daily.

About 41 per cent said Ms May should resign "immediately", while 20 per cent believed she should leave within the next six months, and 23 per cent said only after negotiating Brexit.

On Brexit, Mr Corbyn said he wants a "jobs-first Brexit" negotiated as quickly as possible along with guaranteeing the post-Brexit rights of European Union nationals living in the UK. An informal alliance is also possible. "They (the DUP) are going to support us on the big Brexit, economic and security issues facing this country", he said.

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Voters failed to give a ringing endorsement to May's plan for Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc. Labour's better-than-expected electoral performance was largely due to massive backing from young voters angry over education cuts, university fees and Brexit. But in one of the most sensational nights in British electoral history, a resurgent Labour Party denied her an outright win, throwing the country into political turmoil as no clear victor emerged.

May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government.

In remarks she made outside of 10 Downing Street after returning from a meeting at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, May vowed to form a government with the Northern Ireland-based right-wing nationalist DUP that would "provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".

Speaking to Andrew Marr on BBC One on Sunday, Corbyn insisted the Labour Party did not lose the election but rather "didn't win the election". The 317 seats are less that the surprising tally of 330 the Conservatives won under Cameron in 2015, and obviously much less than the 370-plus she thought she could get. The number needed for a majority is 326.

On the one hand, a weakened Conservative prime minister might not have the power to resist calls from some within the party who want that clean break, even if that means losing privileged access to the European Union single market. "We do not agree and we do not have to agree with any of their views on these social issues and I certainly don't".

Mr Osborne, who was sacked by Mrs May and now is editor of the London Evening Standard, said there was now no majority in the Commons for a "hard Brexit".

"We need a government that can act", EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

"Referencing a campaign trail comment she made, he wrote: "'I will be a bloody hard woman to Junker' said May 5 weeks ago.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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