Theresa May 'would have already resigned' if not for Brexit

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2017

A stream of Conservative lawmakers walked into 10 Downing St. on Sunday to learn if they had been promoted, demoted or kept in their posts. The Conservative Party was expected to do very well.

A number of high-profile government figures including Philip Hammond and Boris Johnson have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several. The possible re-appointment of Priti Patel, global development secretary, and Alok Sharma, foreign office minister, is being keenly watched in the Indian community.

May called for a snap election in April so her Conservative party could widen its majority in Parliament.

But rumors swirled of plots to oust May.

Both the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times newspapers reported that aides to Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, were taking soundings about a potential leadership challenge, but he later denied the reports.

The strength of any deal looks set to be tested when the Commons meets, with Jeremy Corbyn vowing to try to bring down the Government by defeating Mrs May in Parliament and insisting: "I can still be prime minister".

May's party fell short of an overall majority following Thursday's vote, and plans to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

Now that the Conservative party is under threat of falling, the Labour party's rise seems quite probable.

He acknowledged that the government would now be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.

May's political standing has been dealt a huge blow in the wake of her failed electoral gamble, which followed a poor campaign from her and her party.

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But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union.

Without a majority, she could be forced to seek consensus on the approach she takes, potentially by performing a U-turn on single market membership and protecting the economy at the expense of new immigration controls.

Ruth Davidson, out-lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservative Party warned May to keep the DUP in line. The DUP would likely provide backing for a Conservative budget and back key legislation as part of a "confidence and supply" deal in return for Conservative approval of certain DUP objectives.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.

The deal sits uneasily with some Conservatives because of the DUP's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

"They (the DUP) are going to support us on the big Brexit, economic and security issues facing this country", he said.

Their priority will be to get the best deal for Northern Ireland. 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.

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

And Ms Soubry - a leading figure in the Remain campaign before last year's European Union referendum - told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme that Mrs May would have to listen to businesses and "wise owls" in her government who are calling for the single market to be a priority over immigration curbs.

Former Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie said that while people now see Mr Corbyn as a "credible" Prime Minister, the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory".

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