Top two aides to British PM Theresa May quit
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 21:38
In this situation when British political dynamics is undergoing major changes, May has made a decision to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), raising many eyebrows and dividing the party's opinion vividly.
"The prime minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week", a Downing Street spokeswoman said, referring to a deal whereby the DUP would support the government but not enter a formal coalition.
May's Downing Street office had announced on Saturday that the "principles of an outline agreement" with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had been agreed, only for the DUP itself to cast doubt on that account hours later.
"We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond".
The DUP said the "talks so far have been positive", adding: "Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new Parliament".
"We will be anxious to ensure that whatever the result of these negotiations is doesn't in any way adversely impact on our unique circumstances here in Ireland, with particular reference to our peace process". She's now attempting to form a government.
Britain's typically pro-Conservative press savaged May yesterday 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. They were replaced by Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister who lost his seat in the election.
May is preparing to name the rest of her cabinet after revealing Friday that her five most senior ministers would stay in their posts.
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.
Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May's closest advisors, leave the Conservative Party headquarters, in London, June 9, 2017. One organiser led chants of "racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go".
At least six senior Conservatives have openly called for a rethink in the PM's approach to Brexit talks - demanding that Labour and other parties should have a say in the final deal.
May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her plan to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs union, so she could slash immigration.
But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended.
The DUP will agree to vote for or abstain on the Queen's speech - a ceremonial speech at the House of Lords where the Queen outlines new government's policies -, and key legislation at the lower house of the parliament.