Can the Queen say no to Theresa May?

Faith Castro
June 12, 2017

It now holds 318 seats.

UK Prime Minister May was clinging to power after losing her parliamentary majority in last Thursday's election, as an agreement with the minority Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that would keep the Conservatives in power was still not finalised.

"Theresa May has no intention of announcing her resignation later today", Laura Kuenssberg told BBC radio, adding, however: "It's not clear to me whether they're trying to kill the rumors off before she truly makes her mind up".

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

"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.

May has been pressing for a so-called "hard" Brexit, which would include leaving the EU's massive collective market and no longer allowing European Union citizens to come and live and work freely in the United Kingdom.

Then, the aim had simply been to use the elections as a platform from which to initiate a debate about the need to move the party away from the centrism of the Blair years and take it in a more progressive, traditionally left-wing direction.

The writer is an assistant professor of political science at LUMS. "Remember, both parties are divided".

The difference, of course, was that Sanders would have done so from the opposite end of the political spectrum, combining calls for social justice with promises to reverse decades of neo-liberal economic policy that had marginalized and impoverished large sections of the industrial working class.

Fallon also said he believed there was a majority in parliament for this Brexit plan. "But at the same time, she's very, very weak".

Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, urged the May government to get on with negotiations, noting that the United Kingdom has less than two years to extricate itself from the EU - which is considered a gargantuan task.

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But Elmar Brok, a German conservative and the European Parliament's top Brexit expert, told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper that the talks would now be more complicated. They are going to support us on these very big security issues that face this country.

Mr Flanagan was asked about suggestions that any Conservative deal with the DUP would undermine Westminster's impartiality as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement.

Brexit negotiations are due to begin on Monday June 19, and Theresa May has maintained that the talks will go ahead as planned despite the political turmoil.

"You're like that coffee machine, you know: from bean to cup, you fuck up".

Mrs May looks set to be backed by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after Downing Street confirmed an outline "confidence and supply" deal had been reached.

Labour stunned even its own supporters by taking enough seats from the Conservatives to deny them a majority, in a performance widely seen as a moral victory for Corbyn despite the party's loss.

As the lead party in the devolved Stormont Executive for the last decade, the DUP has experience of how awkward junior partners in a coalition can be.

The DUP is skeptical of Europe and is pro-Brexit.

That calculation backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped the Conservatives of their parliamentary majority.

"Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new parliament", said the DUP leader, Arlene Foster. Unfortunately, we now have a Prime Minister who is attempting to cling onto power rather than do what is best for the country.

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