Top two aides to British PM May quits

May says it's "a Cabinet that reflects the wealth of talent and experience across the Conservative Party" and "a government that is going to be governing for everyone".

Still, May's status remains shaky, at best, after the Conservatives' principal rival, the Labour Party, pulled off a dramatically positive showing at the ballot box Thursday.

May no longer has enough MPs for a majority in parliament, and dispatched chief whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast for talks with the DUP in the aftermath of the vote.

Leaving the customs union would be "economic suicide" for the United Kingdom, he said.

Hogan said another British election might be needed to give a government a mandate to make the hard decisions required to secure a Brexit deal, as May was "very damaged" as a result of the poll.

May is struggling to reassert her leadership, having called an election three years early hoping to strengthen her hand going into Brexit negotiations - only to see the gamble backfire spectacularly.

Appearing on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Conservative Karen Bradley said "conversations are ongoing" with the DUP when pressed on whether a deal has been struck. I think the results of this election have more to do with austerity than they have to do with Brexit.

Meanwhile the main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that he stands ready to lead the country and that a new general election could be held within months.

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson has telephoned the Prime Minister and demanded assurances that she is not planning to ditch Tory commitments to gay rights in return for DUP votes in the Commons.

Timothy had been widely blamed for the social care plan, over which May was forced to backtrack in the middle of the election campaign following signs it was hitting the party's core support. But I think the more problematic aspect of this arrangement - the Democratic Unionists agreed to support the conservatives on really major votes in Parliament.

Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, and Amber Rudd will remain as foreign secretary, chancellor, and home secretary respectively.

Labour's Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror newspaper he saw a route to power himself, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament.

Mrs May needs to shore up her position in Parliament because the Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme is due on June 19, with a highly significant vote on its content expected after a few days' debate.

But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty.

With media asking questions about whether May could remain at Downing Street after her electoral humiliation, ministers said now was not the time for the further uncertainty that a party leadership contest would bring. Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce, potentially softening the exit terms. What effect on Northern Ireland peace/UK Government neutrality? "Absolutely", Mr Corbyn said.

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind. "Let's get on with the job", he said.

A No10 spokeswoman said: "Prime Minister Theresa May spoke on the phone to Taoiseach Enda Kenny today".

"The Prime Minister thanked Mr Kenny for helping to make UK-Ireland relations stronger than ever, wished him well for the future and said she looked forward to continuing a close relationship with his successor".

But he has responded in typically colourful fashion, tweeting: 'Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa may.

  • Leroy Wright