Theresa May 'promises to get Tories out of the mess she created'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 23:10
"It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister a year ago, told the BBC.
The Conservatives are now negotiating with Northern Ireland's Democratic Union Party to form a confidence-and-supply arrangement to prop up the government, despite concerns about the party's stance on LGBT rights and abortion.
Mrs May apologised to Tory MPs on Monday, accepting personal responsibility for failing to win an outright victory and sacrificing the parliamentary majority she inherited from David Cameron when she became leader previous year.
European Union talks might not begin on June 19 as expected, Brexit minister David Davis said and the Queen's Speech, due on the same day in which the government traditionally spells out its policy plans, has also been delayed, the BBC reported.
"There can be no backsliding from the objectives the PM set out in the [election] campaign - taking back control of our laws, our borders, our cash; but also ensuring that we have a great new partnership with the European Union that allows us to trade more freely and enthusiastically than ever", Mr Johnson wrote in the right-wing tabloid The Sun.
But this was what one minister said about his demeanour during the meeting: "When the room cheered her to the rafters, his face was a picture; he did not look happy".
Instead, the election stripped May of her majority and obliterated her political authority.
May appeared contrite, sought to apologise for her failed election gamble and gave an explanation of what went wrong.
Britain's Press Association, quoting two unnamed sources from the meeting, said May told lawmakers at the closed-door session that she admitted she was the one "who got us into this mess" and vowed that she would be the "one who will get us out of it".
While some members of her party have said she will have to go eventually, Ms May is expected to stay on as prime minister at least for now.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he could still be prime minister, although his party has no obvious way to build a majority coalition.
DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to see May on Tuesday for crunch talks, which could force the delay of the government's presentation of its legislative programme to parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, due on June 19.
May said she'd spoken to all those who lost their seats, and the party was going to help them find new jobs.
"She recognised the different views in the party on Brexit and she also recognised the need to not just reflect the party but indeed the parliament and the country", the lawmaker said.
The EU has said that sufficient progress must be made on these issues before trade deals can be discussed, though Britain had argued the talks should take place simultaneously.
"If the DUP get agreement with Mrs May not to advance these things, the Nationalist and Republican community in Northern Ireland are going to feel cheated, and it was feeling cheated that brought about the catastrophe that brought about The Troubles at the end of the 60s".
"The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking", he wrote in The Sun tabloid.
His appointment as Environment Secretary came after former chancellor George Osborne branded her a "dead woman walking", warning that she could be ousted from No 10 in a matter of days. It found a negative swing of 34 points in confidence from its last survey in May.
"It is hard to overstate what a dramatic impact the current political uncertainty is having on business leaders, and the consequences could - if not addressed immediately - be disastrous for the United Kingdom economy", Institute of Directors director general, Stephen Martin, said. On Monday, the currency was under pressure once again.
"That reputation in 12 months has been destroyed, truly destroyed".