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Theresa May's top aides resign after election fiasco

12 June 2017
Theresa May's top aides resign after election fiasco

Mrs May, who had campaigned against Brexit previous year but took over the Conservative party after David Cameron lost last June's Brexit referendum, delivered her terms for withdrawal in March.

If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of the 52 percent of voters who opted to take Britain out of the European Union previous year, she must find a way to bridge the differences within her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure.

British media have reported that moves were afoot within May's party to dislodge her after her election gamble - aimed at increasing her party's majority in parliament ahead of Brexit talks - backfired.

"What I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job".

SCULLY: I think Theresa May's finished. Former Conservative cabinet minister Owen Paterson, asked about her future, said: "Let's see how it pans out".

"I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality. I believe that's important". As many Britons who voted "Leave" have come to realize, Brexit was a political Pandora's box.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.

While the 27 would quite possibly be willing to extend to Britain the same kind of access to EU markets that they offer to Norway or Switzerland, they have made clear that that would mean Britain continuing to pay into the EU budget and obey EU rules, including on free migration across the bloc, while no longer having any say in how the union's policies are set.

Former chancellor George Osborne predicted that Mrs May could be forced out of No 10 within a matter of days, saying she was "dead woman walking".

With the DUP's support, Ms May would enjoy an effective majority of at least 12, but faces big hurdles to impose her programme and to reassert her battered authority.

Much of their ire was directed at Mrs May's two close aides Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy - the latter who was blamed for the disastrous manifesto pledge to reform the funding of social care, dubbed the dementia tax, which is thought to have cost the party heavily at the ballot box.

"I'm very happy about that".

And I started by asking him, how it is that Theresa May, who had been tremendously popular, fell so short?

The DUP is the largest unionist political party in Northern Ireland and was founded by Ian Paisley.

The DUP does not work or negotiate on Sundays for religious reasons, but officials from both sides are due to meet on Monday, and DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News she would meet May on Tuesday.

The Conservatives could command a thin majority with the support of the DUP if they manage to to do a deal with the Northern Irish party.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the which same-sex marriage is illegal.

The party will also probably seek more guarantees for agriculture post-Brexit to assuage the concern of farmers after the current deal runs out in five years' time.

In a humiliating night for the Prime Minister, Mrs May saw Tory ranks at Westminster reduced from 330 to 318 - with one constituency left to declare - while eight ministers were culled from the Government's front benches.

But Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament who campaigned ahead of last year's referendum for Britain to stay in the European Union, disagreed.

With the DUP providing the Conservatives a narrow, but crucial, majority in Parliament, it could have an outsized influence.