Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

People demonstrate on Whitehall, central London, Saturday June 10, 2017, after the British general election result.

Mrs May is seeking to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs to win key votes in Parliament - including that of the Queen's Speech scheduled for June 19.

Instead, voters stripped the Conservatives of their parliamentary majority.

Newspapers said foreign minister Boris Johnson and other leading party members were weighing leadership challenges.

Despite his inability to secure a Labour majority in the election, Corbyn is optimistic that one is around the corner.

Mrs May's aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, announced they had quit following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.

Gavin Barwell was named new chief of staff.

That assumption was thrown out with the bathwater on Thursday night, along with hopes of a comfortable Conservative victory, as the election resulted in a hung Parliament, with the Conservatives losing seats.

May's weakened position in the party ruled out big changes. The tabloid Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips". When she took over previous year, she could have recognised Brexit for the constitutional and political crisis that it has turned out to be.

The DUP has stalled all progress on equal marriage in Northern Ireland, and previously supported the introduction of a "conscience clause" to protect people who discriminate against LGBT people.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties, whose power-sharing administration in Belfast collapsed earlier this year.

Mr Johnson said: "Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa May".

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Her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit.

Labour's performance in the election stunned many, and despite not winning, Corbyn believes they are well placed to win the next election - whenever that will be.

The British pound tumbled against the US dollar GBP= and the euro EURGBP= after the election result.

"President Trump emphasised his commitment to the United States-United Kingdom special relationship and underscored that he looks forward to working with the Prime Minister on shared goals and interests in the years to come", the White House said in a statement on the telephonic conversation between the two leaders. She could have called for national unity to deal with this divisive issue. May's office said Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking.

"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament".

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press questioned whether she could remain in power with the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process. By contrast the vote for Labour was up by over three million.

The Conservatives have been warned that attempting to form a government with the help of the DUP could be detrimental to LGBT rights. Post-mortems of the Brexit campaigns had suggested that the Remain's focus on scaring people about what a Britain outside Europe would suffer rather than making a positive case for membership was one of the factors that contributed to its failure, and such an approach was certainly the case with the Conservative campaign this time round.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.

If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of 52 percent of the public and take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to secure the full support of her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure.

Its eurosceptic wing has always been a thorn in the side of Conservative prime ministers.

Ruth Davidson, the gay Scottish Conservative leader.

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