Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Theresa May remains as United Kingdom prime minister

Theresa May will be told she must change her style of government after a calamitous election result DAN KITWOOD GETTY IMAGES Theresa May will be told she must change her style of government after a calamitous election result
Bennie Garza | 14 June, 2017, 19:04

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister despite the Conservatives losing their overall majority in Parliament.

But her no-nonsense image crumbled under the scrutiny, as she was forced to backtrack on a key manifesto promise, and offered little in the way of a positive vision to voters. But Johnson said he backed May.

The vicar's daughter presented herself as a "strong and stable leader" but is now facing calls to resign after throwing away her party's majority.

Gavin Barwell was named new chief of staff. Instead, the Conservatives lost their majority and now must depend on a small, sectarian Northern Ireland party to hold on to power. Ms.

Corbyn's savvy internet tactics and evangelical rallies boosted the youth and student vote as we saw, for instance, in the constituency of Canterbury - a university dominated town in the normally Conservative county of Kent but which chucked out the Tories for the first time in almost a century. "She's a zombie prime minister". Bohuslav Sobotka said that too much time had already been wasted.

On the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence, May said her government would provide certainty and lead successful Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

The two dominant generations of the grey vote and the youth also behaved unexpectedly. While he was demonized by conservative newspapers, on Facebook Corbyn was trending.

Instead of the clean break from Europe she's sought, Kearns said, May would find cross-party support for a softer separation that leaves Britain formally outside the European Union but with numerous same attachments that define its relationship to the bloc today.

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

It is fair to say, this is not the result that many were expecting.

In a letter to the PM congratulating her on her reappointment, he said the two-year time frame set out under Article 50 of the European Union treaties left no room for delay.

The pound on Friday fell 1.7 percent against the USA dollar and 1.4 percent against the euro.

In the big book of political blunders, Theresa May's decision to hold a snap election to solidify her Brexit mandate will rank among the most memorable - and the most unnecessary.

From the EU's perspective, the electoral upset meant a possible delay in the start of Brexit talks and an increased risk that negotiations would fail. She confirmed this to German leader Angela Merkel in a phone call on Saturday.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start".

Germany's European affairs minister Michael Roth said that time was tight until the expiry of a two-year window to reach a negotiated deal: "We should not waste any time", he said.

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten tweeted out a Washington Post article claiming that Corbyn's ascendance would result in a worse result than 2015, when the Conservatives won a clear majority over Labour.

It would mark a significant, unexpected change in the approach to Brexit and may not have the necessary support within the Conservative Party.

Her main opponent - Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, known for his left-wing views - was stumbling from mishap to mishap, unable even to muster solid support from his party's own lawmakers.

Meanwhile the supposed loser, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, savored a surprisingly strong result and basked in the adulation of an energized, youthful base.

"Arguably the (market) reaction has not been as extreme as the result" of the elections, he added. "So let's not kid ourselves", he said.

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind.

In a final humiliation, the Conservatives lost the safe west London seat of Kensington, Britain's wealthiest constituency, to Labour by a mere 20 votes after a campaign that targeted the incumbent MP for her pro-Brexit stance.

"The British have spoken, they have voted, and have given the Conservative Party a majority, albeit a simple majority, which is something of a surprise", Philippe told Europe 1 radio.

Corbyn's newly energized Labour Party officially backs Brexit - since voters endorsed it in a referendum past year - but many important figures in the party advocate a much "softer" approach, and their views now may now carry sway.

Its eurosceptic wing has always been a thorn in the side of Conservative prime ministers. Several Conservative lawmakers, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, raised concerns over the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage.

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