UK PM May said wants broader consensus on Brexit plan: lawmaker
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:24
May's party fell eight seats short of retaining its parliamentary majority, and is now in talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - which won 10 seats - to forge an informal alliance.
The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the "whole of the Conservative Party" when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.
"You're going to see in the next few weeks her taking back command, her taking back the reins, her showing what she's good at, which is delivering for the country", he said as he sought to soothe over the political turmoil that has gripped the government since Thursday's election.
MPs from all parties are due to gather at Westminster Tuesday to vote on whether John Bercow should remain as Speaker of the House of Commons.
"We know those talks are going well and also we know that, at this very important time, we want to produce a substantial Queen's Speech".
On the sidelines, the main opposition Labour Party plans to contest the Queen's speech in the hope that leader Jeremy Corbyn will move into 10 Downing Street as the new prime minister. "The union as I've said before is our guiding star", she said. During the election campaign, May had used the "coalition of chaos" phrase to describe what a victory for Labour would look like.
After shaking up her Cabinet during the weekend to broaden its appeal to her party's rank and file, May was scheduled to meet Monday with the Conservative caucus in the House of Commons, known as the 1922 Committee.
"She said 'I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it, '" one Conservative lawmaker said after the meeting.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (13 June) the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the European Union despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying Brexit talks would begin next week.
May also restored former Justice Secretary Michael Gove to the Cabinet in another move created to show she was willing to listen to critics.
Another MP said: "He has performed a minor miracle, we have to give him time".
The DUP leader is nearly certain to ask for greater investment in Northern Ireland as the price of a deal.
As European leaders tried to fathom exactly how Britain would begin the negotiations, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany wanted a Brexit deal that would limit negative consequences for the bloc but also did not want it to weaken Britain.
"The reality of this Parliament inevitably will be one of a great deal of consultation, a lot of work trying to build alliances, probably even on individual aspects of legislation, to try to pull in support from people in other parties".
"A fundamental part of that peace process is that the United Kingdom government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland", he told the BBC.
The stakes for May are high.
"Obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the Queen's Speech", said May's deputy Damian Green, referring to an agreement with the DUP. That includes senior figures in Mrs May's own party, with Scottish leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Secretary David Mundell both voicing concern over the DUP's position on gay rights. Michel Barnier warned that no progress had been made in the three months since May triggered Article 50 to start the process of leaving the union.
"My preoccupation is that time is passing, it is passing quicker than anyone believes because the subjects we have to deal with are extraordinarily complex". "I can't negotiate with myself".