DUP will support Conservatives on 'big issues' - Michael Fallon
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 17:29
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off claims he was plotting a fresh leadership bid, insisting that he fully supported the Prime Minister. But what I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job.
"I think it's fairly clear Theresa May can not lead us into another election - of course, we don't know when that's going to happen, and I don't think we should rush that". But we will be in uncharted waters if the DUP joins the British government, so it is hard to foresee what might happen.
"We are going to see, I hope, more collective decision-making in the cabinet".
The Prime Minister sought to stave off another Tory civil war ahead of her appearance before the backbench 1922 Committee by bringing former justice secretary Michael Gove in from the cold less than a year after she sacked him.
The Tories won 318 seats, down 12, and will have to rely on the DUP to get things done. Corbyn said his party would put down a "substantial amendment to the Queen's speech" based on the main policies in its general election manifesto, with an emphasis on Brexit, young people, and austerity. He said a new election might be necessary later this year or early in 2018.
Mr Johnson, a popular former Tory mayor of London, was a prime ministerial aspirant himself previous year until a blindside from former ally Michael Gove ruined his chances.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign. This clearly shows that even though Theresa May might form a minority government with DUP backing, it is certainly not going to be a "government of certainty" as she was expecting.
The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable". "There is scepticism from the Treasury and broader government antipathy towards London, plus with the worries of affordability since Brexit, I would say the mood music is there for all to see".
Brexit will likely be on the agenda at the Paris meeting, after May confirmed she will stick to the timetable of negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union due to start on June 19.
A former Conservative rival condemned May on Sunday as a "dead woman walking" as she raced to secure the support following the disastrous elections.
Earlier on Saturday May lost her two closest aides. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while Conservative-supporting The Sun tabloid said succinctly: "She's had her chips". Since the election, most of the members of May's cabinet have kept quiet on the issue of her future, adding to speculation that her days as prime minister are numbered. "I feel energized by this result because I know we can build on it".
Mrs May signalled that she still meant to serve a full term.
He told the Sunday Mirror: "This is still on".
May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government.
The new Parliament will be sworn in on Tuesday, although May has until June 19 to work out the full terms of the Conservatives' agreement with the DUP.
Senior Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady said the prospect of being propped up by the socially conservative DUP, which is strongly focused on Northern Ireland's specific political complexities, was causing concern in his party.
While the DUP campaigned to leave the European Union in last year's referendum, it has refused to endorse Mrs May's position that "no deal is better than a bad deal" - insisting that there must be no return of the "hard border" with the Republic. With just 10 members of Parliament, the DUP doesn't wield much power on its own - but those seats, if they vote with May's party, have the power to push the Conservatives over the threshold to a functioning government.
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.