May's top 2 aides quit after election criticism

May's top 2 aides quit after election criticism

British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal in principle with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on Saturday to prop up the Conservative government, stripped of its majority in a disastrous election.

But May made clear she would struggle on and seek to govern after receiving Unionist assurances.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street with her husband Philip after traveling to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen's permission to form a minority government, in London, June 9, 2017.

May's Conservative Party, which was expected to win a landslide victory, is now staring at a hung Parliament, with her party holding the maximum number of seats.

May's plan will be then to face a vote of confidence in the House of Commons next week. She called this election to secure a mandate for her negotiating position, and the electorate snubbed her.

She insisted she would press ahead with Brexit talks, which are to begin in 10 days.

He said: "We shouldn't pretend that this is a famous victory".

Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, was named first secretary of state - effectively the deputy prime minister.

Mr Timothy said: "I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme". The Conservatives will be blamed for the result.

"And eventually Harold Wilson managed to form a government".

The party is opposed to any reform on the area's restrictive abortion laws. With Eric Pickles declaring "we underestimated Corbyn", most people were suprised waking up this morning to discover no party having won a majority.

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But senior figures also cautioned against an immediate leadership election, as the government prepares to start talks on leaving the European Union around June 19. I think she will have to go unfortunately.

A turning point in the campaign appeared to come when the parties unveiled their election manifestos.

That decision too, which has not yet been formalized, has triggered criticism in the media and amongst members of May's party, who have described the DUP as anti-abortionist and regressive on LGBTI rights.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain Friday to quickly launch Brexit talks, saying "We are ready for the negotiations".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament's Brexit representative, described the result as "yet another own goal" for Britain.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble in calling an early general election backfired spectacularly, as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament and pressure mounted on her Friday to resign.

She inherited a 17-seat majority in the Commons, but called the snap vote to take advantage of opinion polls putting her on course for a landslide.

With Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon also staying put, there were suggestions changes could just centre on replacing the eight ministers who lost their seats as the Tory Commons tally fell to 318.

Well, who saw that coming?

"The biggest concern for markets previous year when we went through Brexit was that this could be the beginning of the end of cooperation of the euro zone. and that the United Kingdom could go into recession". Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech.