'This is still on' - Jeremy Corbyn
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 19:49
However defiant British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to stay on as the prime minister and continue to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union after her disastrous election gamble led to the loss of her conservative party's majority in parliament.
The political turmoil comes as Britain is due to start negotiating on June 19 the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.
Earlier, Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists (DUP), confirmed she would be meeting Mrs May in Downing Street on Tuesday with a view to finalising a deal to prop up a minority Tory government.
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.
However, Mrs Foster did not outline what her party would be seeking in return for bolstering the Conservatives through a "confidence and supply" arrangement.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Brady said the overriding mood within the Conservative Party was one of realism and recognising they had not got the result they wanted.
May has shown little public contrition for the electoral gamble that backfired but was forced to accept the resignations of her two closest aides - reportedly a requirement by cabinet colleagues for allowing her to stay in office.
Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy leaving their posts, as the PM's top advisors. "From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian, while the Times headline read: "May stares into the abyss". Timothy and Hill have gone. Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among core voters.
The former minister Anna Soubry said: "She is in a desperate position".
The DUP won 10 seats.
The Labour leader, who survived an attempt to oust him by his own MPs before the election, now expects that he will be able to attract some of the party's biggest names to serve on his front bench.
Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.
She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.
"I was fairly straightforward with her and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than party".
It is likely the DUP will press for increased investment in the North as the price of their support in Westminster and push for a more significant role in the Brexit process.
The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles".