UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Jun 12, 2017, 14:39
UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who took the party from one Scottish seat to 13, said there would now have to be "consensus within the country about what it means and what we seek to achieve as we leave".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's attempt to strengthen her leadership by calling an early election has left her authority in tatters.

Osborne contrasted May's low profile in the wake of the results with Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing the prime minister of being "in hiding".

But shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he believes there is a majority in Parliament to maintain the winter fuel allowance and "triple lock" state pension guarantee, two policies the Conservatives proposed changing in their manifesto. Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is on a "permanent leadership campaign", he said.

She said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

The move might offer hope to Conservative lawmakers who have criticised her style of government. "This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal".

Ms May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her Brexit plans, so she could slash immigration.

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Tusk spelt out the problem on Twitter: "We don't know when Brexit talks start". "We don't want the DUP demanding money for this or that project they fancy every time we need them to support us in a vote. Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations".

European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger, meanwhile, warned that May was now likely to be a "weak" negotiating partner, which could also be bad for Europe.

Jeremy Corbyn's future as Labour leader is secure after his extraordinary election success.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror he reveals: "I can still be Prime Minister".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said there had been "very good discussions" so far on how her 10 MPs could support a Conservative minority government, and that she would travel to London to meet Mrs May on Tuesday.

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.

The London Evening Standard, edited by former finance minister George Osborne who was sacked by May, splashed with a photo of her under the headline "Queen of Denial".

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The DUP agreed in principle to support the Tories after the Conservatives won 318 seats in the General Election, leaving them short of the 326 needed to form a majority government.

After winning her parliamentary seat, May said on Friday her Conservative Party would take responsibility for delivering stability if it won the most seats in the election.

Nick Timothy, May's co-chief of staff, said on the Conservative Home website that he stepped down on Friday, while the BBC reported that Fiona Hill had also quit.

"Hard Brexit went in the rubbish bin tonight", said former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, as Paul Nuttall, outgoing head of the anti-E.U.

The SNP, which had called for a new independence referendum, lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015, losing voters anxious by the prospect of a second divisive plebiscite.

Corbyn drew large crowds to his events, offering voters a promise to build a fairer society through policies such as raising taxes for the richest 5 percent, scrapping university tuition fees and investing 250 billion pounds (US$315 billion) in infrastructure - plans the Conservatives said were uncosted. Subsequently she said she felt "sorry" for colleagues who had lost jobs.

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