Theresa May to face Conservative Party questioning over poll setback

Postado Junho 14, 2017

After losing her parliamentary majority in a botched gamble on a snap election, May is so weakened that her Brexit strategy has become the subject of public debate inside her own party, with calls for her to take a more business-friendly approach.Seeking to avoid a second election that could deepen Britain's worst political turmoil since last June's shock vote to leave the EU, May edged closer to a deal to win the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).She held talks with DUP leader Arlene Foster, whose eurosceptic Northern Irish party has 10 parliamentary seats and could shore up May's minority Conservative government."What we're doing in relation to the talks that we're holding, the productive talks we're holding with the Democratic Unionist Party, is ensuring that it is possible to, with their support, give the stability to the United Kingdom government that I think is necessary at this time", May told a news conference in Paris following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

British Prime Minister Theresa May neared a deal with a Northern Irish Protestant party to save her premiership on Tuesday and confirmed Brexit talks would begin next week, amid growing calls for her to soften her approach to leaving the European Union. Gove, who was dismissed when May became prime minister past year, will now serve as environment secretary.

The Conservatives won 318 seats out of the 650 in last Thursday's vote, meaning they now require support to govern and have chosen the eurosceptic Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has 10 seats, for that.

"It'll be done when it's done", they said.

Theresa May has apologised to Tory MPs for the party's election performance, telling them "I got us into this mess I'll get us out of it".

Opposition lawmakers and some within her own party have said May's failure to win a parliamentary majority at last week's election was a rejection by voters of her plans to make a clean break with the EU. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he could still be prime minister, although his party has no obvious way to build a majority coalition.

Members of the Labour Party pounced on the possible delay, however, as another example of the "chaos" surrounding May's leadership.

Ms May faced Conservative MPs at a meeting of the party's 1922 Committee.

Writing in the Sun newspaper on Monday, Johnson said: "To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even - God help us - a second referendum, I say come off it. Get a grip, everyone".

Instead, the shock outcome has left May weakened among her Conservative Party and thrown open her Brexit strategy to criticism from peers, some of whom want to ditch the current plan to leave the European Union single market and customs union. Almost 72 percent of IoD members said "reaching a new trade agreement with the EU" should be the highest priority of the new government.

"The interpretation that we have put on that people voted for three things in essence, control of borders, control of laws, control of money", Davis told BBC radio.

The move might offer hope to Conservative lawmakers who have criticised her style of government.

Movement on security and legacy issues from the Troubles may prove more hard for Mrs Foster to extract from the Government.

Over the weekend, May's top two aides stepped aside. "I and other colleagues have made that clear to her".

Earlier the cabinet met to sign off the confidence and supply deal that will see the DUP give the Conservative government a knife-edge working majority of just nine votes.

The Prime Minister may not be present as the talks continue because she is heading to Paris for a meeting with newly elected president Emmanuel Macron.

Senior Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady said the prospect of being propped up by the socially conservative DUP, which is strongly focused on Northern Ireland's specific political complexities, was causing concern in his party. "I think it's much more likely that the party will be looking for money in order to benefit Northern Ireland". The DUP is strongly opposed to single-sex marriage and abortion, at odds with Conservative policies.