Boris Johnson denies plot to topple UK PM Theresa May
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 19:15
"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".
Senior party figures have cautioned against any immediate leadership challenge, saying it would only cause further disruption as Britain prepares to start Brexit negotiations as early as June 19.
Those exit talks, expected to be the most complex in post-World War Two European history, are supposed to wrap up before the end of March 2019 - a timeline that was already considered ambitious before May's electoral debacle.
Earlier, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said that Mrs May's desire to team up with the DUP does "not necessarily" undermine the Northern Ireland peace process. "Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new Parliament", the party said in a statement to Sky News.
She also reiterated that she would seek a reciprocal agreement early in the talks on rights of European Union and British citizens, Downing Street said.
That said May had "spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising" a deal in the coming week.
"We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond".
There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage.
DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
"Just to be clear, we will act in the national interest".
Several Conservative lawmakers have warned she can not carry on indefinitely, after throwing away a 17-seat majority in the 650-seat House of Commons. The DUP won 10.
Labour stunned even its own supporters by taking enough seats from the Conservatives to deny them a majority, in a performance widely seen as a moral victory for Corbyn despite the party's loss.
In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Corbyn said: "I can still be Prime Minister". This is still on.
He added: "Ted Heath lost and tried to form another government and tried to get another majority in Parliament".
"It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", Corbyn told the BBC. At the same time, pro-Europe Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she wanted to be involved in "looking again" at Britain's aims for Brexit.
However, Corbyn remains hopeful for another election, and is still relying on the young or first-time voters, of whom many expressed their support for the party in the run-up to the election. "The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit".
In an article for the Conservative Home website, Mr Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate "Theresa's positive plan for the future", and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.
"I am backing Theresa may". "As and when details are finalized both parties will put them forward".