UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 11:20
On Friday, May outlined a plan to prop up her administration with the help of the DUP, which won 10 seats in the House of Commons in Thursday's election after she fell short of the 326 seats needed to form a majority government. It should have been a slam dunk for May, whose Conservative Party was 20 points ahead in the opinion polls, and who needed a stronger hand to push through the hard realities of "Brexit", the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, which passed by a razor-thin voter margin a year ago.
Her Conservatives struck an outline deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support on key legislation, a humiliating outcome for them after an election meant to make them a dominant force. DUP is strongly pro-Union and pro-Brexit and has traditionally leaned very closely to the Tories' economic positions while being more to the right on social issues.
SCULLY: Well, the Democratic Unionists are a party which strongly believes in Northern Ireland continuing to remain within the United Kingdom.
JEREMY CORBYN, Leader, Labour Party: It was her campaign, it was her decision to call the election, it was her name out there, and she was saying she was doing it to bring about strong and stable government.
Davidson, one of the few Conservatives to emerge as a victor from the election after she increased the party's presence in Scotland, said she had demanded, and received, "categoric assurance" from May that the policy would not change. But "we know when they must end".
The result has demolished May's political authority, and she has also lost her two top aides, sacrificed in a bid to save their leader from being toppled by a furious Conservative Party.
In an apparent side-swipe at a hook-up with the DUP, a party which strongly opposes marriage equality, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson tweeted a link to a speech she made in Belfast in support of same-sex marriage.
"I will now form a government - a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", she said. Finding support in parliament inconsistent, she chose to do a little surprise election of her own. The British Parliament has a total of 650 seats.
May called the early election in April when opinion polls suggested she was set for a sweeping win. Prime Minister Theresa May says she's forming an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party to stay in power.
And crucially they debated whether the voters had rejected Brexit - or at least Prime Minister Theresa May's hard version of a break with the European Union, which would see Britain not only relinquish EU membership but leave the single market and the bloc's customs union.
"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.
For instance, Menon said, some pro-EU Conservative legislators may wait until the Brexit legislative program comes to Parliament to start attacking it.
Conservative Party insiders are also wondering how long Mrs May will last.
All of this will certainly make Brexit negotiations more complex.