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Despite disastrous election gamble, Brexit plan still on: Theresa May's spokesman

12 Juin 2017

I mean, she said vote for me, and I'll be a strong and stable leader in the Brexit negotiations. "There's a whole range of issues like that where we think there'll be a majority in Parliament".

"We are very firmly proceeding on the basis as we have been on the timeline for the Queen's Speech, on getting it finalised, on making it happen and getting on with the job of running the government".

The return to the Cabinet of Mr Gove - who clashed bitterly with Mrs May over tackling extremism when they were in Government together under David Cameron - will be seen as an attempt to head off any challenge from the Brexiteer wing of the party. "I believe that's important".

In a phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Kenny warned that efforts to shore up her minority government with the hardline Protestant DUP should not put at risk the Good Friday peace accords. However, Theresa's lacklustre campaign, her decision as home secretary to axe 20,000 policemen at a time when people are anxious about security, and the huge youth turnout on voting day worked in Labour's favour.

Furthermore, Tory party leaders are said to be unhappy over having to resort to working with the DUP, who are social conservatives and are opposite to the more liberal Tories, to form the new government.

However, senior DUP figures made clear they were looking at a limited "confidence and supply" arrangement - rather than a more formal coalition - leading to some MPs to predict that there could another general election before the year is out.

However, many within the Conservative party are concerned about the alignment with the DUP, which holds socially conservative views on many key issues.

"Given how her gamble turned out, they might not be eager to follow her down that path".

With Theresa May now AWOL, Jeremy Corbyn has been making the most of her absence this morning. Liam Fox, trade minister, also said that May was the only person to take Britain out of the European Union.

UK election shock could delay, soften Brexit
At the same time, the country is under pressure given that the two-year time limit to conclude Brexit talks continues to tick. However there was clear frustration with the EU at the failure of the election to deliver a decisive result.

With opinion polls showing the Conservatives had a commanding lead over the opposition Labour Party, May called an early election in hopes of increasing her majority in Parliament and strengthening her position in Brexit negotiations.

He also said the government would still "walk away" with no deal if talks broke down on ending Britain's 40-decade membership of the bloc.

That timeline now looks even more ambitious than before, not least because Ms May's electoral debacle has emboldened those within her own party who object to her "hard Brexit" approach of leaving the European single market and customs union.

His appointment as Environment Secretary came after former chancellor George Osborne branded her a "dead woman walking", warning that she could be ousted from No 10 in a matter of days. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister previous year, told the BBC.

May is due to meet with Conservative lawmakers in parliament.

He added: "I'm not going to appoint the shadow cabinet here on the programme".

Two of her closest aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who had been the focus of some criticism, resigned on Saturday. The subsequent general election saw the Labour government going in with a 43-seat majority, losing by 54 seats.

Since the surprise election result on Thursday, the British Prime Minister has insisted that she will remain in post, despite her party losing its majority in the House of Commons.

Theresa May has vowed to form the government with support of the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, amidst calls for her to step down, even by people within her party. DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News she would be meeting May in Downing Street tomorrow.