May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

  • May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

Downing Street said Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon would remain in post. It was a humiliating outcome after an election that May had planned to strengthen herself ahead of the Brexit push. Anna Soubry is a Conservative member of Parliament.

Thousands lined the streets outside Corbyn's final rally at the Union Chapel in North London, with supporters inside the building dancing as they waited for their 68-year-old gray-bearded leader.

Mounting criticism and a spirit of vendetta claimed the scalps of two of May's closest advisers, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, who resigned in the wake of the snap election that wiped out the Tories' parliamentary majority.

The change was unlikely to significantly quell unrest within the party.

JOHN SPRINGFORD, Director of Research, Center for European Reform: This was certainly a rejection of Theresa May's very tough Brexit strategy where she was going to cleave a lot of the links between the United Kingdom and the E.U.

The spokesman indicated this would not be a formal coalition but a minority government with looser DUP support on a "confidence and supply basis".

Mrs May is also expected to offer to invest in Northern Ireland infrastructure. The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives.

The turmoil engulfing May has increased the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal.

May, thrust into office midterm, was hoping to get a huge mandate that would have allowed her to flex her muscles in these negotiations.

"They were outdated. Brexit negotiations will suffer with a Conservative government", French said.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

The British pound tumbled on Friday against the US dollar and the euro before stabilising, down 1.7 and 1.4 percent against the two currencies respectively.

Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister".

While both Labour and the Conservatives have ruled out a second referendum on Brexit and seem to both favour a "hard" Brexit, the Labour Party has not been explicit about many of its aims on the issue. She failed. It is absolutely clear that there is no majority for the race-to-the-bottom Brexit backed by Theresa May, and that an alternative is required reflecting the common ground that appears to have emerged in this debate.

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press savaged May on Saturday and questioned whether she could remain in power, only two months after she started the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.

ANNA SOUBRY, Member of Parliament, Conservative Party: This is a very bad moment for the Conservative Party and we need to take stock, and our leader needs to take stock as well.

The UK election result has been labelled by some commentators as a political natural disaster.

Corbyn faced intense opposition from the right-wing tabloid press and from the Evening Standard, newly edited by former Treasury chief George Osborne, whom she fired when replacing Cameron last summer following the Brexit vote.

The new parliament will be sworn in Tuesday, but the real test for May is likely to come on June 19, when MPs are to vote on her programme after it is outlined in parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on June 19.

Alternatively, an election could come about if a motion of no confidence in the government is passed in the House of Commons and no motion expressing confidence in the government is subsequently passed within 14 days - the wording of these motions has to be precisely as set out by the Act.

Angry youth was always going to be a wild card in this election, and it might just have helped cause yet another upset in Britain. In February 1974, Ted Heath chose to ask voters "Who governs Britain?" when he did not have to.

In light of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, the Prime Minister vowed to "crack down on the ideology of extremists" as she promised "put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do".

Page said Corbyn, a lifelong left-wing activist who has spent decades speaking to crowds, was underestimated as a campaigner.

"She's staying, for now", the source said.

"Mr Carver said: "(Theresa May)'s done a deal with the DUP - there aren't a lot of options if you haven't got a majority.

"I wanted to see Theresa May get a bit of a kicking", said George Hames, 20, who voted for Labour in London.