'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Conservative Party HQ in Westminster London as her future as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives was being openly questioned after her decision to hold a snap election disastrously backfired

Theresa May's insistence on starting Brexit negotiations next Monday is questioned by Britons who think the prime minister's calamitous election setback means she should now seek to stay in the European Union single market. TUESDAY, JUNE 13 - May to meet with DUP leader Arlene Foster Discussions were held between May's Conservatives and the DUP over the weekend with a view to the Northern Irish party supporting May's minority government on key votes in parliament.

May had spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Saturday, insisting that Britain was ready to start Brexit talks "as planned in the next couple of weeks, according to Downing Street".

The DUP is similar to the "religious right" in the United States and takes a hardline stance on social issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Labour, the main opposition party, won 262.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he could still be prime minister, although his party has no obvious way to build a majority coalition.

'Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interest of the whole United Kingdom'.

Many of those Conservatives now opposing May are those who wanted to remain in the EU.

Former Finance Minister George Osborne, a rival who was sidelined by May past year when she took over from David Cameron, told the BBC: "Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

The right-wing British press speculated Sunday that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a former journalist and the former Mayor of London, was plotting a leadership coup.

Mr Osborne, who was sacked by Mrs May and now is editor of the London Evening Standard, said there was now no majority in the Commons for a "hard Brexit".

"I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term".

The new arithmetic of the House of Commons will also makes Brexit negotiations more hard.

While the DUP campaigned to leave the European Union in last year's referendum, it has refused to endorse Mrs May's position that "no deal is better than a bad deal" - insisting that there must be no return of the "hard border" with the Republic. If May can get through this vote with the help of the DUP she can continue in government. Its message appears to strike a different chord to that taken by Prime Minister Theresa May this week.

"The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring", the Irish government said in a statement. The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

But a dismal campaign has left the Prime Minister fending off a mutiny within her own party.

"I was fairly straightforward with her (Mrs May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party", she said.

Liz Truss's change of position will be seen by some as a demotion - she was widely criticised by the judiciary following the High Court ruling regarding the government seeking Parliament's permission to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal start of the Brexit process.



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