Britain's May seeks deal to cling to power

  • Britain's May seeks deal to cling to power

Britain's May seeks deal to cling to power

May called the election early with the aim of shoring up support for the Conservatives ahead of the country's crucial Brexit negotiations, but the move has clearly backfired.

May has struggled to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority in Thursday's snap election, which she had been under no pressure to call.

The Conservative Party members, each and everyone, must pledge their full support to Theresa, and her negotiating team, to attain the best possible deal for Britain.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

Former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, removed from the Cabinet by May and now editor of the Evening Standard newspaper, told ITV: "I doubt she will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

The Conservatives won 318 seats in Thursday's vote, down from 331 in 2015, falling short of an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons after the opposition Labour Party, led by socialist stalwart Jeremy Corbyn, scored hefty gains.

And the other thing, I think, which I think caught us by surprise was the sheer effectiveness of the campaigning by Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing leader of the Labour Party who fought a very authentic campaign - quite an old fashioned campaign, in some ways - with big open-air rallies where he really energized people. The DUP, although it wants to leave the European Union, will insist on keeping the single market that allows the free flow of goods across the UK's border with Ireland.

Theresa May suffered the loss of her two closest aides as they paid the price for the disastrous General Election result.

The poll, conducted by YouGov for The Sunday Times, shows the Labour leader obliterating the 39-point lead Ms May had on the same question when she called the general election.

The Conservatives now plan to reach a so-called confidence and supply agreement with the DUP, which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition. The talks so far have been positive.

He stressed he did not share their ultra-conservative views on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, which have caused disquiet among many Conservatives.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

The DUP is similar to the "religious right" in the U.S. and takes a hard-line stance on social issues, such as same-sex marriage, which May's party introduced in the United Kingdom, and abortion.

But the Protestant DUP was founded to defend Northern Ireland's place in Britain against demands by Catholic republicans for a united Ireland.

Confirming the news a No 10 spokesman said: "We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond". "It remains to be seen what the nature of that deal is".

May was interior minister for six years before taking over from David Cameron in the political chaos that following last June's Brexit referendum.

Earlier, Downing Street had said a preliminary agreement had already been secured.

Downing Street backtracked, saying she had "discussed finalising" a deal in the coming week.

But before the Queen can open the new parliament on June 19 - the same day Brexit talks were meant to start - May first needs to draw up a budget and flesh out the policies of her manifesto to put in the Queen's speech.

However, some of the party's other stances are raising concerns about where British politics could head now, with the party adopting a much more influential position.

The Labour Party was crippled by in-fighting and defections. I wouldn't go that far at this stage, but I think life is going to become very hard for Theresa May and the euro skeptics who want Britain to pull out of the European Union. Theresa Mays most senior cabinet ministers are thus set to keep their jobs, including the chancellor of the Exchequer, the home secretary, the foreign secretary, the Brexit secretary and the defense secretary.

Even loyal supporters talked openly on Sunday about how May needed to change her leadership style, in particular her reliance on a tight-knit circle of advisers.