In an attempt to avoid a second election that could deepen the worst political turmoil in Britain since last June’s shock vote to leave the European Union, May apologized to her Conservative Party’s lawmakers, who said they would leave her in power – for now.
While some members of her party have said she will have to go eventually, May is expected to stay on as prime minister at least for now. Despite anger at the election, she was cheered briefly at the start of the meeting.
But there were signs that not all was going to plan.
European Union talks might not begin on June 19 as expected, Brexit minister David Davis said and the Queen’s Speech, due on the same day in which the government traditionally spells out its policy plans has also been delayed, the BBC reported.
According to sources, Tuesday’s discussions are likely to focus on the government’s legislative plans for the year ahead as well as the upcoming Brexit negotiations due to begin on 19 June and their particular implications for Northern Ireland’s border with the Republic of Ireland and trade.
But Johnson insisted that May has his full backing. “One thing we can say for certainty, there is going to be a referendum on Irish unity”, he said.
It has run successfully – if under some strain because of historical tensions between the two parties – until the resignation of McGuinness, January 9, 2017, over a row between the two parties over a botched green energy scheme originally overseen by Foster, which was supposed to incentivize people to switch to renewable, but which ended in farce when the scheme paid out more than the cost of the fuel, leaving taxpayers with a bill of up to US$486 million.
Equity also said it would fight to give creative workers a voice during the Brexit negotiations but also ensure that they were supported in domestic policy.
But May faces a hard balancing act: Divisions over Europe helped sink the premierships of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, and many of her lawmakers and party membership support a sharp break with the EU.
“Theresa May can squat in Number 10 as long as she wants but the message is stark – she has no power, no influence and her game is up”, said Mr Farron.
The Prime Minister did not mention the ongoing deliberations as she addressed MPs but called on Parliament to “come together in a spirit of national unity” to deal with the challenges facing the country.
The DUP, which is a right-wing party, has a more liberal stance on Brexit than the Conservatives in its manifesto.
Prior to the election, the Conservative party manifesto pledged that should the party remain in power it would continue “strong support for the arts” in the United Kingdom, with a focus on allocating more support outside London.
With Northern Ireland having been without a power-sharing executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January, a new three-week process to salvage devolution has begun in Belfast.
The White House call was made “in recent weeks”, said a Downing Street adviser who was in the room, the Guardian reported.
May’s spokesman said it remained government policy to cut net migration to under 100,000 and Brexit Minister David Davis also said walking away without securing a deal with the remaining 27 European Union states remained a possibility.
The delay suggested May was encountering difficulties in concluding her talks with the DUP.
May’s main opponent, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, appeared on the Sunday talk shows, too, looking either “serene” or “smug” – depending on the commentator’s measure of the man. From being up to 20 points behind going into the general election, Labour won 30 extra seats and is now polling a six-point lead over the Tories.
Corbyn said it is “quite possible” that there will be another election this year or early next year.