Theresa May to form minority government
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:21
Now, Theresa May is seeking to form a government with the DUP - the only party who won enough seats to keep the Tories in power who haven't already rejected the idea of creating a coalition government with them.
Making the announcement outside 10 Downing Street after a 20-minute audience with the Queen yesterday, a solemn Mrs May kept her speech short, saying that she will form a government "that will provide certainty" and lead the country into the complex Brexit negotiations while sticking to the timetable.
May had called the election in order to consolidate her mandate to negotiate Britain's exit from the Europe Union.
Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry was the first in the party to disavow May in public, calling on the prime minister to "consider her position".
"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.
"I wanted to achieve a larger majority, and that was not the result we achieved", she said.
May unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, three years early, polls predicting she would massively increase the slim majority she inherited from Cameron.
A delay in forming a government could push back the start of Brexit talks, now scheduled for June 19, and reduce the time available for what are expected to be the most complex negotiations in post-World War Two European history.
But Tory voters thought their party would do a better job of negotiating Brexit and believed Theresa May would be the best Prime Minister.
"We are ready to do everything we can to put our program into operation; there isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party, the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost". The Conservatives are in talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to form a minority government.
Labour's result in the General Election should not be greeted as a "famous victory" despite its massive surge in support, according to a former Labour shadow chancellor and staunch critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn.
May had hoped the election would focus on Brexit, but that never happened, as both the Conservatives and Labour said they would respect voters' wishes and go through with the divorce.
May said that her new minority government remains determined to "guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks", which are scheduled to begin in 10 days. "Theresa May is certainly the strongest leader that we have at the moment", lawmaker David Jones told the BBC.