Theresa May's two closest advisers quit after election debacle

Hill's departure was announced soon after by a Conservative party spokesperson as the news of Timothy's resignation went public.

The BBC reported that May had been warned that she would have faced a leadership challenge on Monday unless she sacked the pair.

"May fights to remain PM", headlined the Conservative-supporting Daily Telegraph headlined, while the Daily Mail said: "Tories turn on Theresa".

Anand Menon, professor of politics at King's College London, said her lack of a parliamentary majority made it far more likely that Britain would leave the European Union without a deal.

In a hint at the approach she wanted she said: "It is about making sure that we put free trade at the heart of what it is we seek to achieve as we leave".

Two of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's closest aides have resigned amid mounting criticism of their handling of her election campaign: Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have been blamed for running a campaign that placed May as the sole focus and for drafting a weak Conservative Party manifesto.

"This one clearly had the Prime Minister rattled". "It is the most damning finding in one of our polls that I can remember".

This week's election left the Conservatives several seats short of a majority in Parliament, so they are seeking a deal with the Northern Ireland-based DUP, which won 10 seats.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace where she asked to form a government. But trickier will be any demands they have about the implementation of Brexit in Northern Ireland - in particular the DUP's determination to maintain a soft border with the south.

There was also unease within the party about the link-up with the DUP, which strongly opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

The DUP is "likely to increase the pressure on Theresa May to secure a comprehensive free trade agreement", said Stephen Booth of the Open Europe think tank.

Not long after, a Tory spokesman said that Hill had also resigned.

But her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit, and the election result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years. They only know one way to operate and that is to have enemies.

Publicly and privately the blame game has begun for the Conservatives after failing to win a majority at the general election.

The leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, who was considered "unelectable" had been celebrating his success in the elections, after he managed to increase the number of seats in the House of Conmmons. The main opposition Labour Party took 262.

"The campaign was going well until the manifesto was launched".

"May doesn't need street fighters now, she needs people with charm and diplomacy to get her through the next few weeks and months", she said.

  • Leroy Wright