May brings back foe, aiming to unite party before Brexit

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2017

Many MPs are angry over what they see as an unnecessary vote that has cost several lawmakers their seats and are demanding she run a more open, collegiate government after her first months of a dictatorial regime.

"It may not be on the Monday because we've also got the Queen's Speech that week and I will have to speak in that and so on".

At one of its most important moments in its history, the country is rudderless and facing a constitutional crisis.

May's Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in last Thursday's snap general election, causing political chaos ahead of the Brexit talks with the European Union which are set to start next week.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office has declined to confirm that the Queen's Speech would be held on June 19 as previously announced.

- United Kingdom election outcome greatly complicates the Brexit negotiations, which are inevitably poised to be looked at in the "hard landing" outcome once again.

Seibert was unable to say which other countries are applying to host the two agencies. Yet she no longer wields power over either.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today added as she left for Parliament: "I'm sure Theresa May will continue as an excellent Prime Minister".

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May previous year - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

So who is really in charge?

Over the weekend it was reported that five cabinet ministers had called on Boris Johnson to try and oust her.

Writing in The Sun, the Foreign Secretary says May deserves the backing of the Conservative Party having secured the largest number of Tory votes since the days of Margaret Thatcher.

Michael Fallon, the Defense Secretary who, for now, remains loyal, served notice Sunday that the PM had to start being more consensual when he said: "We're going to see more collective government".

An alliance, at what cost?

"The taoiseach (Kenny) indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring", an Irish government spokesman said.

There are fears among more liberal Conservative MPs that the socially conservative DUP will demand a scaling back of abortion and gay rights - but No. 10 sources have insisted these issues are not on the table.

In Thursday's election the Conservatives won 318 of the 650 House of Commons seats, 12 fewer than the party had before the snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority. That power is now lost.

He says there is no appetite among the public for a leadership contest which could plunge the party into a fresh general election.

The Tories remain the party with the most seats, but the election results don't exactly represent a victory and the Prime Minister is in a very precarious position ahead of Brexit negotiations.

Criticised for relying on campaign slogans, the prime minister's appearance from Downing Street saw her drop the "strong and stable" leadership mantra, only to replace it with talk of getting on with governing. This certainly means a softer Brexit is now on the cards.

With opinion polls showing the Conservatives with a commanding lead over the opposition Labour Party, May had called an early election in hopes of increasing her majority in Parliament and strengthening her position in negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union. The pro-Brexit Gove was appointed Environment Secretary.

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