British PM Theresa May to face Conservative Party questioning over poll setback

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

After several hours, the negotiations were forced to move to the House of Commons where May had to speak following the resumption of Parliament-dissolved two months ago after May called the June 8 snap general election.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out", May told Conservatives MPs, seeking to once and for all ward off any challenge to her leadership. It will be crucial for her to convince the party she should stay on - at the very least to avoid another election or to give an opening to the Labour Party to form a minority government instead.

The chaos has also weighed on the pound, which has plunged nearly two percent since Thursday, and the government may have to delay the announcement of its policy plans to parliament.

The Conservative Party fell eight seats short of retaining its parliamentary majority, and is now in talks with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - which won 10 seats - to forge an informal alliance.

Britain's embattled leader hopes to hammer out a deal with the DUP's leader Arlene Foster today to keep her Conservative Party in government.

"Obviously until we have that we can't agree the final details of the Queen's Speech", said May's deputy Damian Green, referring to an agreement with the DUP.

Davis told BBC radio on Monday that the government stood by its threat to "walk away" with no deal if talks - when they do eventually start - break down.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said May's government lacked the credibility necessary for Brexit talks and should delay the negotiations.

Macron and May are also expected to discuss the need for closer cooperation at the European level to fight terrorism, which they discussed when they met at the G7 in Italy and at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels late last month. "Some of the most senior members of Theresa May's team have been discussing how to force the Prime Minister to make concessions on immigration, the customs union and the single market".

The prime minister may not be present as the talks continue because she is heading to Paris for a meeting with newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron. Gove, who was dismissed when May became prime minister previous year, will now serve as environment secretary.

Foster has let the Prime Minister squirm for days as the DUP stalls in making its support for May official.

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Pressed on the reports, Environment Secretary Michael Gove declined to deny it.

After the Labour party made hefty electoral gains by focusing heavily on social issues, May listed areas such as education and housing as top policy priorities.

But her election failure means she must now go into the most complex negotiations since World War Two with her eye firmly on the different factions within her Conservative Party, which has been divided over European Union membership for a generation.

Other Tories, while avoiding such brutal assessments, were more forthright in predicting that the prime minister is unlikely to lead the Conservative Party in any future elections.

"We are going into these talks with the national interest at heart".

If Sinn Féin was concerned about her party's enhanced influence at Westminster it should move to restore devolution at Stormont, she said, because failing to restore a power-sharing administration would mean the return of direct rule.

Concerns were also raised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

Most worryingly, it is a partnership with the potential to pose a very real threat to the fragile political stability now being experienced in Northern Ireland and have a devastating impact on the future for the hard-won peace process which has transformed the region over past two decades.

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province.

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