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

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

Critics have accused the Prime Minister of putting party interest ahead of the national interest by partnering with the DUP at a time when the British Government is acting as mediator in an attempt to resolve the stalemate over power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

Let's back up a little.

The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, after she called a snap election in the hope of increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations.

It was also likely to seek to include Northern Ireland in the "Military Covenant", which ensures that veterans of the British armed forces receive priority medical treatment in the remainder of the United Kingdom.

The Tories meanwhile, ended up with 318 seats, down 12, despite having a significant recovery in Scotland at the expense of the Scottish Nationalists.

So far 341,053 people have signed the petition which also calls for Theresa May to resign after she failed to win a parliamentary majority.

But, after intensive talks with the DUP as the final election results came in, the PM instead drove the short distance to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for permission to form a new government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is looking to Northern Ireland for support in forming a new government after losing her gamble in calling a snap election. The DUP partnership gives May enough seats to push her agenda.

A party councillor in Ballymena reportedly claimed Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,500 people in the USA, was God's revenge for New Orleans hosting an annual gay pride event.

Since last June's European Union referendum, the Brexit debate in the North has become increasingly intertwined with the constitutional question.

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster avoided the rain as she voted near her home in Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, early this morning, while Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill marked her ballot paper close to her home village of Clonoe in Co Tyrone.

"They are wrong and they need to understand why we take those positions from a faith point of view and why we want to protect the definition of marriage", she said.

Her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, once written off by his opponents as a no-hoper, said May should step down and he wanted to form a minority government.

He says the election was not a referendum on Brexit and that he fully expected the process to continue, but that results could make negotiations more hard.

She said that the DUP would work to achieve the best for the people of Northern Ireland and the Union as a whole. The last thing we need is prevarication'.

"The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do".

Clegg saw the European Union gambit as a "wholly implausible" attempt to "basically totally rewrite the rules to benefit us and disadvantage everybody else which is clearly not going to be agreed to".

A very personalized, nearly presidential style of campaigning has contributed to the Conservative Party's loss of support, said Mark Goodwin, lecturer at the department of political science and global studies at the University of Birmingham in England.



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