Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

United Kingdom prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco


Andrew Murray, one of Jeremy Corbyn's advisers, who helped write his manifesto speech, said: "There was a tremendous moment of elation when the exit poll was announced because it became apparent that the campaign had achieved the most stunning turnaround in public opinion in seven weeks". "People in the United Kingdom, the USA and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1 percent".

May called the early election when her party was comfortably ahead in the polls, in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the EU.

Speaking on the steps of Number 10 on Friday, Mrs May vowed to govern the country for the next five years despite being forced to enter into a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party.

While Corbyn would have likely faced removal as party leader if results had been as dire for Labour as originally predicted, presiding over Thursday's gains will probably cement his status at the head of the party for some time.

While Mrs May said her top ministers would remain in post, she hinted her two close aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - blamed by many Tory MPs for the party's disastrous campaign - could face the chop. But May soldiered on Friday, re-appointing senior ministers to her Cabinet and holding talks with a small Northern Irish party about shoring up her minority government. Critics say May succumbed to the oldest form of hubris: self-confidence bordering on arrogance and underestimating opponents, which is also what befell her predecessor, David Cameron. Never mind that she herself has offered few details about Brexit and what it will mean: May called this a "Brexit election", declared herself the "strong and stable" candidate, promised tough negotiations with Europe and clearly expected to win a larger majority.

There are no signs that May will resign, despite calls from Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and others. "That's going to make it hard for the European Union 27 because they're going to want to know who they're talking to and what their policy is".

"It is not the outcome any of us would have wanted in the Conservative Party".

"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.

Wollaston also said she was opposed to the death penalty and creationism being taught in schools, policies that have been supported by some DUP politicians.

"May stares into the abyss", said The Times' Saturday edition while the Daily Mail led with "Tories Turn On Theresa".

"This is a disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power", read the petition, which outlined some of the DUP's more controversial views including opposition to gay marriage and abortion. "I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take".

German conservative Markus Ferber, an European Union lawmaker involved in discussions on access to European Union markets for Britain's financial sector, was scathing.

Ruth Davidson, leader of Conservatives in Scotland, where the party did well, said the results showed the Conservatives should prioritize good trade relations with the EU.

"I can still be Prime Minister".

Late in the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues.

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