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

Tabitha Dunn
Июня 12, 2017

May had called the snap election confident of increasing her Conservative Party's majority to strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks, instead, her authority has been diminished.

Cameron, gambling that Britons wouldn't want to sever their network of ties with the continent, had promised the Brexit referendum during a 2015 election campaign that gave Conservatives a surprise Parliamentary majority. She lost her majority in Parliament. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of the announcement.

Shock election losses saw the Tories enter negotiations with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to shore up the Prime Minister's weakened Government with a "confidence and supply" arrangement. Before the election, the Conservatives had 330 seats and Labour 229.

May addressed the nation on Friday - saying she has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form a minority government.

However, George Osborne, a former finance minister who is now editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper and a vocal critic of May, said she appeared a "dead woman walking". The negotiations are supposed to conclude by March 2019 when Britain leaves, an ambitious-looking date even before the election debacle cast doubt on what United Kingdom strategy would be.

She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides". "I expect more uncertainty now".

Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said the result could mean a less radical split between Britain and the EU. "I blame her party for destroying Britain by pushing for Brexit and austerity, two things that will ultimately be bad for my generation". "Our leader needs to take stock as well".

Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power. Written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign. So it wasn't an abysmal failure in terms of number of votes and number of seats. The overall turnout was 68.7 percent - the highest since 1997.

Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election certainly wasn't about Brexit. "I would think that's enough, to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country". They formed part of May's small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party's lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to take away a winter fuel allowance and make them pay more for long-term care.

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As she was resoundingly re-elected to her Maidenhead seat in southern England, May looked tense and did not spell out what she planned to do.

She said the government would start Brexit negotiations with the European Union as scheduled in 10 days' time.

Many predicted May would soon be gone.

Davidson, one of the few Conservatives to emerge as a victor from the election after she increased the party's presence in Scotland, said she had demanded, and received, "categoric assurance" from May that the policy would not change.

The result was bad news for the Scottish National Party, which lost about 20 of its 54 seats.

What happens if no party is able to form a government? Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson - a rising star in the party - tweeted a link to a speech she made in support of gay marriage, drawing on her own experiences as a lesbian Christian. "That's what we have seen tonight".

"We are still in government and, after all is said and done, Labour were 50, 60 seats behind us".

THE SNP has called for the issue of membership of the European Union single market to go "back on the table" in the wake of the shock General Election result. As the polls suggested a tightening race, pollsters spoke less often of a landslide and raised the possibility that May's majority would be eroded.

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