dglobalnews.com Boris Johnson Denies Plot to Topple UK PM Theresa May
Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Boris Johnson Denies Plot to Topple UK PM Theresa May

Boris Johnson Denies Plot to Topple UK PM Theresa May

A stream of senior lawmakers entered May's 10 Downing St. office Sunday afternoon, to learn what roles they had been given in government.

The lack of a single-party majority led some to speculate whether Conservatives could soften their position on Brexit. The pro-Brexit Gove was appointed Environment Secretary.

For her to suggest she is now providing certainty would be laughable if it were not so serious. Johnson - a former Tory leadership contender - denied he was planning a leadership challenge. "As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said on Friday in a televised statement.

And the second error Mrs May is guilty of is to believe that all those who voted for the UK Independence Party (Ukip), the anti-EU and anti-immigrant movement, will desert that fringe party and return to the ruling Conservatives' fold, now that the question of leaving the European Union is decided. And the party made gains in Scotland included regaining ex-prime minister Gordon Brown's former seat of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain. "Whatever the results, the Conservative party will remain the party of stability".

"Mrs. May doesn't need street fighters now, she needs people with charm and diplomacy to get her through the next few weeks and months" Perrior wrote in the Times of London.

The shock defeat for Conservatives - despite the pre- poll projections of a comfortable majority - was seen by the British media as a "humiliation" for May to continue in her position.

The election, which has overturned all opinion poll projections of a strong Conservative party majority, recorded the highest turnout in 25 years at 68.7 per cent, with almost 32 million of the 46.9 million registered voters casting their ballots.

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That echoed similarly pessimistic comments in recent days from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Sens. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) said Republicans have whittled their options down to about "five" different plans.

May, who went into the election with a reputation for quiet competence, was criticized for a lackluster campaigning style and for a plan to force elderly people to pay more for their care, a proposal her opponents dubbed the "dementia tax".

The Conservative leader had called the election in a bid to extend her majority and strengthen her hand in the looming Brexit negotiations, but her gamble backfired spectacularly.

EUs chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, indicated Brexit talks now be delayed from the date set for its start. Any such arrangement would be fraught with political risk for May, fuelling uncertainty among businesses over what the final terms of Britain's departure from the European Union would look like, and how it will affect future trade with the bloc. "Brussels will be licking its lips", it said.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May a year ago - called her a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

Clearly the Conservatives, albeit as the largest party by more than 50 seats, can not form a majority government.

The election campaign was rocked by two terror attacks, which drew attention to May's record in her former job as interior minister, while her own performances were heavily criticised. That means the DUP would back the government on confidence motions and budget votes, but it's not a coalition government or a broader pact. But in north England, the Conservatives failed to make inroads, and in London, they did far worse than expected, probably because they were punished by voters in the British capital who largely tend to support Britain's continued membership in the EU. Several Conservative lawmakers, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, raised concerns over the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage. Their priority will be to get the best deal for Northern Ireland.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties. May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. The speech will be followed by several days of debate and a vote - and defeat would nearly certainly topple the government.

If the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party come to an agreement, May would have the majority of votes needed for an effective minority government.

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