Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers


Theresa May has said she will form a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP) after her snap election call spectacularly backfired. "I'm ecstatic", said 19-year-old Toby French, who is studying politics and global relations at the University of Kent, which has a Canterbury campus.

Trump offered his warm support to May over the just-concluded parliamentary election, it said.

Never mind that the moderate centrism of her predecessor, David Cameron, won a Conservative Party majority only two years ago.

The Conservative leader has been warned her days are numbered after calling Thursday's vote three years early, only to lose her majority in parliament.

"Now, of course, if she's [May] got to be constantly making deals throughout this parliament, or indeed if she falls and there's a lot of negotiations or a lot of discussion as to whether she'll be leading this Conservative minority government".

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The surprising outcome, which sent the pound tumbling, forced May to form a minority government, leaving her reliant on a small group of Northern Irish parliamentarians, just nine days before Britain is due to begin negotiating a deal to leave the EU. In April, she called an early general election, confident that UKIP voters would now endorse her "hard Brexit" and her watered-down English Tory populism.

May confirmed Friday that senior ministers would remain in their posts, despite rumours that she had been ready to sack finance minister Philip Hammond following a clash over her Brexit strategy. Instead of pointing a mocking finger at Labour's "magic money tree", it is now incumbent on the Conservative Party to demonstrate why Labour's economic, social and health funding does not stack up. But her party is deeply divided over what they want from Brexit and the result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years.

The pound on Friday fell 1.7 percent against the USA dollar and 1.4 percent against the euro.

He said the two were so close to the PM that critical MPs believed that, unless they made way, she would not be able to change her leadership style to adopt a more "outgoing, inclusive, responsive, empathetic approach".

Its director, Simon Woolley, said: "In many ways, the result is a great testament for multicultural Britain".

Formal exit talks between the United Kingdom and the 27 other European Union members were due to start June 19. And while she was not required to call an election before May 1984, she could conceivably have parlayed her enormous popularity into another five-year term.

Less than a year after May was propelled into Downing Street following Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union, party insiders were placing bets on how long she could last. "May stares into the abyss", wrote The Times, while The Sun said succinctly: "She's had her chips".

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

With results in from all 650 House of Commons seats after Thursday's vote, May's bruised Conservatives had 318 - short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before May's roll of the electoral dice. 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.