UK's May cracks joke about election disaster

Final state of the parties at 21:26pm graphic
May seeks to rally party lawmakers behind her leadership

24 June, 2017

In Clegg's words, this has been a "topsy turvy" election: Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, the man who "could not win", has pulled off a kind of victory while still failing to become the largest party.

She hosted DUP leader Arlene Foster at Downing Street to thrash out the terms of the Northern Ireland party's backing and agreement to vote with the Tories on policies in the House of Commons to get bills through.

May has a busy schedule on Tuesday, hosting a cabinet meeting and talks with the DUP leader before travelling to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

May has taken the blame for the Conservatives' relatively poor showing in last Thursday's election, in which the party surprisingly lost its majority.

Instead, the election obliterated her political authority and the party is trying to secure the support of the 10 Democratic Unionist Party lawmakers to assure passage of May's program.

If the announcement of the deal is delayed, then the Queen's speech, which is supposed to happen on Monday, June 19, could also be delayed by at least a week. Whatever happens over the next few days it seems nearly inevitable there will be yet another general election within 12 months.

The DUP voted to leave the EU, Meban said, but they're "very conscious" of this unique relationship and they're unlikely to do anything that would be detrimental to the economy of Northern Ireland. However, he insisted they will begin next week.

"I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated", he said.

Davis suggested the government would focus on the divorce proceedings before moving on to trade.

A spokesman for his Department for Exiting the European Union said Britain had been "crystal clear" about its approach.

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Some lawmakers, particularly those from the Scottish National Party, are urging cross-party discussions to reach a consensus on Britain's exit from the EU.

While Britons voted by 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in last year's referendum, Scots strongly backed staying in the bloc and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister in Scotland's devolved assembly, said a so-called Hard Brexit was "dead in the water".

The most high-profile challenger who could succeed May is Boris Johnson, the former London mayor and current foreign secretary.

May also promised her MPs that there would be a "more open door policy" towards backbenchers.

The party supports keeping Britain within the EU's single market, which allows for the free flow of goods, services and people. Ms. "Now is the time for delivery-and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work", he wrote in The Sun tabloid.

Over the weekend, May's top two aides stepped aside.

May also restored former Justice Secretary Michael Gove to the Cabinet in another move created to show she was willing to listen to critics. Current speculations are that May herself could lose the prime ministership.

Moody's Investors Service said the inconclusive election outcome would complicate and "probably delay" negotiations with the EU.

He said: "We are impatiently waiting for the negotiating position of the United Kingdom gov (ernment)". According to one poll taken after the election by Survation, a market research agency, for the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the party now has 45 percent support to 39 percent for the Conservatives. "May would not have countenanced previously, and which would be positive". He dismissed questions over Mrs May's future as "unbelievably self-indulgent" and vowed to help her deliver the best Brexit deal for Britain.

The sterling sank to a seven-month low against the euro yesterday as investors anxious about the political uncertainty.

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