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'Dead Woman Walking': Amid Election Fallout, Theresa May Stands On Shaky Ground


A former Conservative rival yesterday called British Prime Minister Theresa May a "dead woman walking" as she raced to secure the support she needs to stay in power following a devastating election.

A stream of Conservative lawmakers walked into 10 Downing St. on Sunday to learn if they had been promoted, demoted or kept in their posts.

The DUP, in a separate statement, said talks with Conservative party representatives had been positive and will continue this week to work on details, and to reach agreement on the arrangements for the new parliament.

Senior Conservatives said there was no longer support in Parliament for a so-called "hard Brexit" after the party saw its Commons majority wiped out. Instead, she has left Britain's government ranks in disarray, days before the divorce negotiations are due to start on June 19.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife about a possible schism within the Tory party which may lead to a leadership contest at a time when conservatives are still recovering from a bruising general election campaign.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has been in contact with British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of their Tuesday meeting in London to hash out the finer points of their proposed alliance.

We need stability."Several newspapers said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being urged by supporters to launch a leadership challenge, but he dismissed the reports as "tripe" in a tweet saying he was backing May.Even loyal supporters talked openly on Sunday about how May needed to change her leadership style, in particular her reliance on a tight-knit circle of advisers."We are going to see, I hope, more collective decision-making in the cabinet".

"I don't think she does have a majority in the House of Commons for leaving the single market", said Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament.

The DUP's ultra-conservative views on gay marriage and abortion prompted expressions of concern from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and a petition signed by more than 600,000 people objecting to May's "desperate attempt to stay in power".

The "confidence" part means supporting the government on votes of no-confidence in the government or its leadership.

A partnership between the Conservatives and the DUP may threaten the ability of the British government to be a neutral broker between the unionists and the nationalists, Mr Jonathan Powell, former chief British government negotiator on Northern Ireland, wrote in The Guardian.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said the government was not looking at a formal coalition but would seek assurances that the DUP would vote with Mrs May "on the big things" such as the budget, defence issues and Brexit.

"Well, look what's happened", Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror.

The 1998 Good Friday agreement set up power sharing in Northern Ireland, largely ending years of sectarian violence.

In a sign of growing impatience with the shambolic state of the British side of the talks, senior European Union sources said that if London insisted on talking about a free trade deal before the issues of its divorce bill, citizens rights and the border in Ireland were sufficiently resolved, it would be met with a blunt response. Queen Elizabeth will deliver the "Queen's Speech", setting out the government's plans for the new parliamentary session.

Corbyn said Labour would try to amend the Queen's Speech to include its own commitments to end austerity and boost public spending.

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May who has vowed to remain prime minister.

The two men in charge of Britain's economy deliver their annual Mansion House speech on Thursday when they are likely to try to calm businesses and investors anxious by May's precarious grip on power and the uncertain outlook for the United Kingdom economy which has lost a lot of its momentum of 2016.

"I think she will have to go unfortunately". "This is still on".

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