UK Conservatives, DUP Deal to Involve Only Big Issues - Defense Secretary
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 23:28
British Prime Minister Theresa May appears to have begun a purge in her party after shock election results stripped the Conservatives of their commanding majority in Parliament. "I would have thought that is enough for her to go".
Timothy and Hill had worked for May when she was interior minister, before she became prime minister in July past year in the chaotic days that followed the Brexit vote, and their influence had increasingly angered senior ministers.
The atmosphere in the Conservative Campaign HQ was said to have turned toxic.
A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May. She was criticized for refusing to take part in a televised leaders' debate and for carefully controlling her campaign activities to keep the public at arm's length.
Joining forces with the hardline unionist Protestant party also threatens London's neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.
After recalling one such moment over how to campaign during the Copeland by-election, she wrote: "Normally we would all sit there while Fiona would raise some bat**** insane idea and not say a word".
Lord Hague, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said: "Voters do not want further months of uncertainty and upheaval". More chaos in the Tory Party, more weak & unstable govt. May's Tory party would reach the needed parliamentary majority if it is joined by the small, socially conservative DUP party, whose 290,000 votes and 10 seats in parliament could be a kingmaker in a national parliament representing the U.K.'s 65 million people.
"For instance, if London were to stay in the customs union, then it would not have to renegotiate all trade agreements", he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.
In a sign that the political developments in the United Kingdom were being closely watched in Brussels ahead of the Brexit talks, Martin Selmayr, senior aide to European Commission president Jean Claude-Juncker, likened the aides' resignations to the sacrifice of a pawn in the game of chess, using the German word "bauernopfer" in a tweet.
She described her tenure in No.10 Downing Street as a "painful ten months" filled with meetings where staffers would sit in silence "while Fiona would raise some batshit insane idea".
Ghany said, "It's a tricky political situation".
The strong showing for Labour in the election was capped when the party snatched the final seat to declare, Kensington, by just 20 votes late on Friday.
The news comes after Mrs May lost the Conservatives' majority in the General Election on Thursday following a disastrous campaign.
A cohort of Conservative MPs told May to sack the advisers or face a leadership challenge on Monday. Mrs May's incompetent electioneering makes not the slightest difference to that. "It's an issue that's very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurance from the prime minister on, and I received".
"Theresa May is a dead woman walking, it just remains to be seen how long she remains on death row", George Osborne, the former United Kingdom chancellor who was sacked by May previous year, told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday.
That decision too, which has not yet been formalized, has triggered criticism in the media and amongst members of May's party, who have described the DUP as anti-abortionist and regressive on LGBTI rights.