The British Prime Minister Theresa May will gather her cabinet Saturday, for the first time after losing the absolute majority in parliament, in an apparent attempt to regain control, nine days before the opening of the negotiations Brexit.
Faced with calls for the resignation, Theresa May is scheduled to meet her advisors at the weekend. She announced on Friday the formation of a new government that “will complete Brexit” despite the setbacks of her party in Thursday’s parliamentary elections.
With 318 members, the Conservative Party came to lead the poll, but lost twelve seats, while the Labor opposition has 262 members (30 more), according to final results released Friday after the Conservative defeat in their stronghold Kensington ultimate affront to Theresa May.
Many Commentators agree that Theresa May suffered a serious setback, and some even predict it could be overturned by opponents within his own party.
“May is fighting to stay Prime Minister”, reports the Daily Telegraph, a pro-Brexit supporting newspaper. “The Tories are attacking Theresa,” according to the Daily Mail, yet unconditional support of the Prime Minister. The conservative newspaper, The Times, reports that Theresa May “looks to the abyss.”
Finance Minister Philip Hammond, Foreign Affairs Minister Boris Johnson, the one in charge of Brexit, David Davis and the Minister of Interior Amber Rudd and her colleague of Defense Michael Fallon were reappointed.
Theresa May has kept her advisors. On Friday, she went to Buckingham Palace to get the green light from Queen Elizabeth II.
“This government will guide our country in the crucial discussions on Brexit that will begin in ten days and will respond to the wish of the British in carrying out the release of the European Union”, she assured.
At the head of a minority government, Ms. May now depends on small Northern Irish Unionist Party DUP and its 10 seats to achieve a majority, when she was summoned these early parliamentary order to have an enhanced majority to negotiate leaving the European Union with the 27 European member states from the 19th June.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, easily re-elected in his constituency of Islington, demanded the resignation of Theresa May. He called for “a Brexit that protects jobs,” ensuring that the output process of the European Union “should continue” and that his party was “ready to conduct negotiations on behalf of the country.”
London, a ‘weak’ partner
The Prime Minister received a call from French President Emmanuel Macron, who welcomed, and invited her “to visit France at the first opportunity.” She also received a congratulatory call from US President Donald Trump.
The French Commissioner Pierre Moscovici ruled that Theresa May had “lost her bet”, her German counterpart Günther Oettinger adds for his part that London was now a “weak” negotiating partner for the EU output.
The EU’s chief negotiator Brexit Michel Barnier assured that Brussels expected that the UK is “ready” before starting the negotiations. “Let’s work together to reach an agreement,” he tweeted.
The European Council President Donald Tusk has also called for “make every effort to avoid” a lack of agreement, while the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker warned against any “further delay” in negotiations, claiming that the Commission was ready.
The shockwave legislation also hit Scotland, where the separatist SNP suffered heavy losses, with just 35 MPs against 56 before the election. Two leading figures of independence Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson, lost their seats, a failure that puts a brake on their desire for independence.
The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on Theresa May to “abandon” its draft “hard” Brexit after his defeat in the elections.
Only resolutely pro-European party, the Liberal Democrats, who now have 12 seats (four more) warned on Thursday night that there would be “no coalition”. Referring Theresa May, Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, held that “if she had an ounce of love, she would resign.”
“I’m so happy, it’s a real revenge for us,” welcomed Sarah Holmes, 26, celebrating the good result of Labour in a London bar.