British PM Now Says DUP Talks Ongoing, No Support Deal Yet
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 22:30
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed ministers to her shaky government Sunday, as some Conservative colleagues rallied to support her - and others said her days were numbered after last week's disastrous election. "This is still on". He said the Labour party will set out its own programme for government as an amendment to the Queen's Speech, focusing on austerity and a "jobs-first Brexit".
"I think the market is taking less of an alarmist review of this situation because there is no smoking gun here", said Jefferies & Co money market economist Thomas Simons.
She told the Observer: "In a hung parliament, you can't possibly try to run the Brexit negotiations through a Theresa May-led Tory cabal".
He told BBC presenter Andrew Marr: "It is very, very important that we are careful about the existing trade we do with Europe, about access to the single market in whatever new arrangement that we come to".
This would include an emphasis on jobs in the Brexit talks and a guarantee of the rights of European Union nationals to stay in UK. He also suggested he was ready to build bridges with some of the Labour MPs who have opposed his leadership.
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".
Former minister Anna Soubry, who is fiercely pro-EU, insisted this morning that the PM must "absolutely" water down her Brexit plans.
But this ambitiousness not only cost them their parliamentary majority, but May had also lost two of her closest aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.
The Conservatives are now in discussions about a possible "supply and confidence" deal with the Democratic Unionist Party.
Both the ruling Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party fell short of an overall majority, setting leadership adrift 10 days before Brexit negotiations are set to begin.
The Lib Dems were on seven per cent, while Ukip was up one on three per cent.
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.
He told ITV's Peston on Sunday: "The DUP is in favour of scrapping the bedroom tax". We may represent Northern Ireland constituencies in the House of Commons but we are as seized of the interests of the kingdom as a whole as we are for our small province.
"We will of course act in the in the national interest and do what is right for the whole of the United Kingdom", she said. We need a Brexiteer. She said the Conservatives' planned deal with the DUP was "dodgy" and "unsustainable" - and Theresa May's position was "not remotely tenable" because she lacked the skills to hold together a minority government, which has to be more open and collegiate.
Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 committee of Conservative members, said there was no public appetite for a second election after May's party failed to win a majority in Thursday's vote.