David Davis backs May, says Brexit talks will start June 19

Marco Green
June 13, 2017

The uncertainty came as Theresa May's Conservatives continued talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to secure the support of the Northern Irish party's 10 MPs to get its agenda through Parliament, following an election result which left the Tories short of an absolute majority in the Commons.

An Irish government spokesperson said: "They discussed the outcome of the United Kingdom general election and the Prime Minister outlined the proposed supply and confidence arrangement between her party and the DUP".

The party remains close to the religious roots set down by Paisley, who called alcohol "the devil's buttermilk", with members often belonging to evangelical churches.

"What I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".

"I would expect that conversation to continue tomorrow. They want to see government providing that certainty and stability", she said. One debacle was her claim that she had not reversed course when she made a decision to impose a cap on the total cost of social care bills to be borne by middle-class families; the Conservative manifesto (or party platform) that had been released just four days earlier insisted that such families would have to pay all their care costs up to £100,000 of assets.

British voters delivered a stunning political upset when they just failed to return the Conservatives with an overall majority in the 350 seat House of Commons.

One definite effect of the election is it is now more likely than before that the Labour party will gain power in the near term, resulting in its leader Jeremy Corbyn replacing May as Prime Minister.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday said his party would start drawing up its own policies for the Queen's Speech, challenging legislation before it is even introduced, in a sign that every single vote in the new Parliament go down to the wire. In a two year period defined by political shocks on both sides of the Atlantic, the rapid reversal of fortunes in the run up to the general election is arguably the most surprising.

"Being seen to be the prime minister" could help "shore up her authority at home", according to Colin Talbot, professor of government at the University of Manchester.

David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, could also have a chance to become the party leader, mainly due to the focus of his ministry.

The agency, quoting two unnamed sources from the meeting, said May told lawmakers that she was the one "who got us into this mess" and that she was the "one who will get us out of it".

Earlier, a spokesman for Ms May said Britain's plans for leaving the European Union remained unchanged.

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty. The most senior ministers stayed in post, while May was forced to bring back into the Cabinet one of her long-term political foes, Michael Gove, to appease an angry Conservative Party.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

The U.K. could withdraw its divorce request and remain a member of the European Union, although this would be unlikely without a fresh referendum or the election of a new government which campaigned on that outcome. If she didn't get what she wanted she said she was willing to walk away.

One former top aide described her office as "dysfunctional" over the weekend, and a former minister acknowledged that Tories were already plotting possible replacements via a popular messaging service.

"I have no doubt over time those responsible will look foolish in the extreme", she said.

"I think there is concern about the policies of the DUP, the domestic policies in Northern Ireland, but I think it's pretty clear that any arrangement that is reached is not going to be a full coalition", he told BBC Radio.

At this point, McCausland was interrupted and asked to clarify his statements, with the claim that "most people would call the DUP an intolerant party". Johnson has always been popular with the Conservative party grassroots, and he looked set for the leadership past year before Michael Gove scuppered his campaign.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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