Theresa May Says She Won't Resign, Seeks Minority Gov't
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 10:34
Earlier, Mrs May announced that she meant to carry on in No 10 at the head of a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP) after falling eight seats short of an overall majority.
This is likely to pose an obstacle to the types of strict border controls advocated by those in the Conservative Party who support a "hard" Brexit.
The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.
The Conservatives now plan to reach a so-called confidence and supply agreement with the DUP, which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition.
May's co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, handed in their resignations on Saturday following the disastrous election. We need to win 64 of them to form a government.
"The talks so far have been positive", it said in a statement.
May remains in 10 Downing Street with a much diminished power base after her Conservative party fell short of an overall majority in the House of Commons, the lower house of the UK Parliament, as the general election results threw up a hung Parliament yesterday. The main opposition Labour Party surpassed expectations by winning 262.
Signed by 574,787people at the time of writing, the petition also calls for Theresa May to resign after she lost her parliamentary majority.
"People in the United Kingdom, the USA and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1 percent", Sanders said.
Johnson previously had his eyes on the top job in 2016, but stepped aside after his campaign manager Michael Gove nominated himself and said Johnson didn't have what it took to be leader.
Irish premier Enda Kenny has told Theresa May the outworking of the General Election must not put the Good Friday Agreement at risk.
Martin Selmayr, senior aide to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, responded to the resignations by tweeting the word "bauernopfer" - German for the sacrifice of a pawn in chess. Mrs May chose to call the snap election to give her a bigger mandate when it came to the negotiations with Europe.
Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.
The chaotic situation won't have long to settle: Formal Brexit negotiations with European Union leaders kick off on June 19.
Neither party is able to form a government.
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The Conservatives' ability to adhere to such a commitment if they are wedded to a parliamentary alliance with the DUP has been questioned.
With most of the seats counted, the Conservatives have 315 MPs, Labour 261, the SNP 35, the Lib Dems 12 and the DUP have 10.
On Sunday, May appointed former BBC journalist Damien Green as First Secretary of State - effectively May's deputy Prime Minister - in a reshuffle of her cabinet.
DUP leader Arlene Foster with MPs at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
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On the so-called "Great Repeal Bill", created to transfer European Union law into British law to enable changes, Mr Corbyn said: "The Great Repeal Bill, I suspect, has now become history".
The DUP's influence might've been at least in part checked by the pro-independence Sinn Fein party, which gained three seats for a total of seven, but as their MPs don't sit in parliament - they refuse to pledge allegiance to the Queen - their votes are worthless during potential collation talks.