UK's Boris Johnson says PM May is best person to deliver Brexit

Jun 12, 2017, 09:35

May's only hope of forming a government now is to win support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats.

May, however, finds herself forced into the most awkward arrangement with a party not just at odds with her on progressive issues but also potentially on Brexit and public spending too.

Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street.

Johnson tweeted that an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper headlined "Boris set to launch bid to be PM as May clings on" was "tripe".

"She has been found out, she should be ashamed", he said.

The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs".

The fallout from Thursday's snap general election, which left her Conservative Party bereft of their majority, also prompted her to seek out a relatively tiny ally that could have vast sway over what happens next in the United Kingdom. Her error, which ranks alongside...

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Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's top Brexit official, is eager to get talks started.

A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Hill, a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of the government.

But Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament who campaigned ahead of last year's referendum for Britain to stay in the European Union, disagreed.

She said the Conservatives are "cobbling together" a Government and are putting party interest ahead of national interest and the Northern Ireland peace process.

May's former director of communications, Katie Perrior, spoke openly Saturday about the behavior of the two aides, which she described as tyrannical, and resulted in an office that was "pretty dysfunctional".

Conservative Party loyalists urged her to change her leadership style, while critics talked about her days being numbered. "As and when details are finalized, both parties will put them forward", a Downing Street spokeswoman said.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles".

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Northern Ireland has been without a devolved administration for three months following the collapse of power sharing as a result of deep divisions between the DUP and Sinn Fein.

May has insisted that Brexit means Brexit but it is unclear how long she will remain in power or whether another British election will be called. It is due to present its platform for the next session in the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on June 19.

But it was unclear whether it would be enough, with some Conservatives acknowledging that May has effectively become a lame-duck leader following a vote that was supposed to give her a resounding mandate for the next five years, but instead morphed into a stinging rejection that could end her premiership within days.

But Mr Corbyn said: "There's a possibility of voting the Queen's Speech down and we're going to push that all the way".

The last count of the election saw Labour overturn a 7,000 majority in Kensington, London, where Emma Dent Coad saw off Tory incumbent Victoria Borwick by just 20 votes after a third recount.

"It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", Corbyn told the BBC.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has spoken to Prime Minister Theresa May following the General Election and said "nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk".

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