'Dead woman walking': amid election fallout, Theresa May stands on shaky ground

'Dead woman walking': amid election fallout, Theresa May stands on shaky ground

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".

In fact, since assuming the leadership, she had ruled-out the need or the intention of calling a snap election on no less than seven occasions.

But, given the Conservative Party's history of summarily dethroning its leaders, there is a strong chance that May will have to resign as prime minister well before the Brexit negotiations end. In each round, the worst-performing candidate would be eliminated until the remaining two contenders face a run-off vote in which all roughly 150,000 members of the Conservative Party can participate.

The pound slid to its lowest level for almost two months after the vote, but the fall was much less severe than the one sparked by the Brexit vote in June 2016.

"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News.

Pundits will say that May lost the election because she performed robotically on the campaign trail, failed to answer journalists' questions with conviction, and refused to debate Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who campaigned with more panache than anyone expected.

Chris Grayling arrives at Downing Street in London, Sunday, where he was reappointed as transport minister.

Fallon told the BBC the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans, adding: "Our view of Brexit I don't think has changed".

May called the election called in a bid to strengthen her mandate ahead of European Union exit talks.

With British politics thrust into the deepest turmoil since last June's shock Brexit vote, European Union leaders were left wondering how divorce talks would open next week.

Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce, potentially softening the exit terms.




Some of the DUP's more divisive decisions have included voting against decriminalising abortions in Northern Ireland, gay marriage and women's rights.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said "we have made good progress but the discussions continue".

However not everyone is convinced the Conservative-DUP alliance will be so successful.

Lawmakers, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, told Reuters that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election.

Yesterday afternoon, Downing Street provided further detail on what is being discussed, with a Number 10 spokeswoman saying that in a phone call with the taoiseach yesterday "the prime minister explained that she is working towards a confidence and supply deal with the DUP".

Mrs May should be aware that the slightest hint of a shabby deal with the DUP which undermines power-sharing at Stormont will be put under an intense spotlight not just in Dublin and Westminster but also through the devolved structures in Edinburgh and Cardiff and indeed by informed observers across Europe.

'The British government, since 2010 have done everything to create distance between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The smaller parties agree to vote for, or possibly abstain on, the Queen's Speech set out by the minority government.

The 1998 peace accord, which provides the template for powersharing at Stormont, commits the United Kingdom and Irish governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" when it comes to the differing political traditions in Northern Ireland.

But a dismal campaign has left the Prime Minister fending off a mutiny within her own party. They were galvanized to vote in this ballot by that prospect, as well as by a Conservative austerity budget that would cut education funds, and a Labour pledge to boost such spending.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he plans to challenge Theresa May's minority government and will use the Queen's Speech to make a formal opposition.

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