Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

No mandate for her.

If May was right that her party's narrow majority impaired her ability to negotiate optimal terms for withdrawal from the European Union, it's hard to see how she (or another Conservative prime minister) wouldn't be at an even greater disadvantage negotiating on behalf of a minority government.

May has insisted that she will not step aside herself, and will instead form a new government that will lead the country through the treacherous currents of the Brexit talks to come. To be clear, the Labour party does not currently possess a majority itself ― it still trails the Tories by 57 seats as of this writing ― but the Tories have now dipped below the 50 percent threshold, making for a hung parliament, and for enormous pressure on May to resign.

May is reaching out to Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which won 10 seats, in the hope of forging a working majority. And there are questions about how long May can last.

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

The Conservatives: Bad judgment, again.

Senior Conservatives turned their fire on the pair on Friday.

But the major media looked the other way; in the U.S., it was the more right-wing outlets and blogs who took note because they thought it was scandalous and would hurt Obama. To the surprise of almost everyone, nearly 52% of the voters favored leaving the EU.

"I can still be prime minister".

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May has said Brexit talks will begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. Opinion polls indicate that the left had closed on the Conservative lead-May's party--thus increasing the possibility of a so-called "soft Brexit", in which the country would negotiate to remain in the single market trade zone. "We know when they must end".

"Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations", Donald Tusk, leader of the EU's ruling council, wrote in a tweet. I want to reaffirm my ongoing support for the Conservative Party and its principles.

After confirming yesterday that her top five ministers would keep their jobs, including finance minister Philip Hammond, May is expected to continue to appoint the government that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history.

After Thursday's vote, May's Conservative Party still has the largest number of lawmakers, but lacks a parliamentary majority.

This will be a disappointment for all those who wanted to see a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn. Nick Herbert heads the All Party LGBTQ Parliamentary Group while Crispin Blunt was instrumental in establishing the International LGBTQ NGO Kaleidoscope and has challenged his own party when they have appeared to lose their focus on gay rights. From a rise in the minimum wages, to more funds pumped into education, revitalising the National Health Scheme, renationalising the railways, and other measures, replacing the austerity measures with an economic package geared to the lower and middle strata, was something that May clearly did not realise the electoral potential of. The Democratic Unionists backed leaving the European Union but have opposed elements of May's line in the divorce proceedings - especially provisions that could affect trade and movement on either side of the border separating Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland. It gained two seats to hit double figures but it has outsize influence now.

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

The impact the DUP will have is not yet clear. The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives.

The SNP, which had called for a new independence referendum, lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015, losing voters anxious by the prospect of a second divisive plebiscite. In Birmingham Edgbaston, Preet Kaur Gill became the first Sikh woman to be elected to Parliament.

With the results in from all 650 constituencies, the Conservatives won 318 seats - down from 331 at the 2015 election - while Labour was on 262, up from 229.


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