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

Pauline Gross
June 10, 2017

But any deal between the two parties has yet to be announced, and details of how they may cooperate remain sketchy.

He faced intense opposition from the right-wing tabloid press and from the Evening Standard, newly edited by former Treasury chief George Osborne, a Conservative Party stalwart.

"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.

"This General Election result could make things harder for businesses, particularly as the Brexit negotiations are scheduled to begin in less than a fortnight".

Remainers, and young people who perhaps didn't bother to vote in last year's referendum, took their revenge.

This might have seemed like a winning formula, as the early polls indicated. "In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care", he added.

Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry was the first in the party to disavow May in public, calling on the prime minister to "consider her position".

Mr Leslie said a lot of people see Mr Corbyn as a "credible" prime minister, although stopped short of giving his endorsement.

Instead, parliament will now play a more important role.

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The British currency lost as much as 3 cents against the dollar by Friday as the results confirmed exit poll predictions that Prime Minister Theresa May had failed in her gambit to gain a stronger majority for those Brexit talks. Yet with the result from Thursday's United Kingdom election, which left no single party with a majority, it is anyone's guess when and how the country will be ready to start the talks.

Jeremy Corbyn has led the them to secure 261 seats, up from 232.

The strong showing by the Labour Party, which has advocated for closer ties with the European Union single market, is an indication the British are wary of breaking away sharply from the bloc.

Steven Blockmans of the Center for European Policy Studies said that because of the current chaos, "it is questionable whether that period of time will be sufficient in order to strike a good deal". Her party still contains fierce Brexiteers, who will challenge every concession.

For his part, Corbyn will have to tread carefully too. But the uncertain outcome is more evidence that after the populist surges that produced Brexit and President Donald Trump - and the centrist fightbacks led by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron - politics remains volatile and unpredictable. On the other hand, a larger number of Labour MPs now represent constituencies which voted by large majorities to leave, and whose voters could abandon Labour again if it changed course on Brexit. "Let's put our minds together on striking a deal", he said on Twitter. Antipathy among a majority of Britons to uncontrolled immigration has not receded. That is why the European Union wants the talks to go smoothly. She will accept the outcome of this election.

Voters may have been unimpressed with her refrain that "no deal is better than a bad deal" because it raised the prospect of Britain crashing out of the EU bloc without a trade and immigration system to replace the existing, well-integrated procedures that have evolved over decades of European integration. Deciding how to supervise this agreement will be no easier than before.

2010-2015: Labour's Gordon Brown waived his right to form a minority government, giving way to the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to enter into a coalition government. As indicated by a TOI report, DUP is more relaxed on immigration as it wants to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

This raises the question of how the EU27 will now approach the negotiations.

"The time-frame set by Article 50 of the Treaty leaves us with no time to lose".

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