Corbyn to push forward plan for far-left government

Nick Mcbride
June 12, 2017

The British currency lost as much as 3 cents against the dollar by Friday as the results confirmed exit poll predictions that Prime Minister Theresa May had failed in her gambit to gain a stronger majority for those Brexit talks.

When Prime Minister Theresa May announced the election in April, her Conservative Party had a big double-digit lead in many polls and hoped for a landslide victory.

After winning her parliamentary seat, May said on Friday her Conservative Party would take responsibility for delivering stability if it won the most seats in the election.

May says she will now rely on "her friends" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party as she tries to cling to power, while negotiating the terms of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union.

Her remarks made clear that she is planning to form a minority government with backing from the DUP - rather than entering a formal coalition with the party. The EU, meanwhile, has been united in its Brexit strategy, demanding that Britain pay up to €100-billion, or $151-billion, to cover ongoing obligations such as pensions and insisting that Britain recognize the rights of EU nationals living in the country. People in Britain want change, and Labour was able to win voters from not only the Liberal Democrats, Greens and SNP but also Ukip and the Tories by focusing on their plan to improve living standards for the many. "We need a government that can act", said Oettinger.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country - securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long term prosperity", May said.

"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all the people of this country".

More geared to messaging than policy, Crosby, alongside business partner and pollster Mark Textor, wanted to bring strict discipline to the campaign, sticking to party slogans and attacking Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's main opposition Labour party, sources said.

"I'm afraid we ran a pretty awful campaign", Soubry said.

The damage to Mrs May's standing makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by carrying out an extensive reshuffle as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches. She had visited Saudi Arabia as part of a tour of other Gulf Arab countries to promote post-Brexit trade deals.

The Labour leader called for a second general election in the coming weeks and months amid claims that his party would win if another ballot was held. Its casualties included Alex Salmond, one of the party's highest-profile lawmakers.

The result could be bad news for the Scottish National Party, which was predicted to lose 20 of its 54 seats.

Conservative lawmaker Nicky Morgan told ITV that she could support a confidence and supply arrangement with the DUP, but any closer deal would be "a step too far". "I think a lot of the senior figures in the party don't like her, don't like what she put in the [party's election platform], don't like her advisers", Prof.

Last Saturday, three assailants mowed down pedestrians and launched a stabbing rampage around London Bridge, killing eight people before being shot dead by police.

The latest election shock is "yet another own goal" that will make "already complex negotiations even more complicated", said the European Parliament's top Brexit official, Guy Verhofstadt.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Manchester on May 22, killing 22 people.

May also assumed that the centrists and moderates who had voted Conservative in 2015 and to "Remain" in Europe in 2016 would have to vote for her because they would have nowhere else to go.

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