Published: Tue, June 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Senior Cabinet minister offer support to UK prime minister

Senior Cabinet minister offer support to UK prime minister

The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the "whole of the Conservative Party" when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.

Amid continued speculation that cabinet ministers were lining up behind a possible leadership challenge from Boris Johnson, a series of messages from the Foreign Secretary to MPs calling on them to back Mrs May emerged.

But after gambling away a majority in parliament in an election she did not need to call, May needs to unite a disillusioned party around her to not only support her in the Brexit talks but also to strike a deal with a small Northern Irish party that will enable her to stay in power.

"What I'm feeling is that actually there is a job to be done and I think what the public want is to ensure that the government is getting on with that job", May said.

May responded that the DUP deal "would provide stability and certainty for the United Kingdom going forward", her office said. Labour, the main opposition party, won 262.

The prime minister is meeting members of her party Monday after losing her majority in the House of Commons last week.

"Overall, we believe that the election outcome will hamper Brexit negotiations and increase fiscal risks, and therefore be negative for the U.K.'s credit profile", Moody's said in a statement.

This marked an apparent reversal of plans to turf out those considered less than loyal - a sign of her weakened stature in a party that traditionally craves strong leaders.

"She won more votes than anyone since Margaret Thatcher".

The British currency fell to a two-month low of $1.2659, from $1.2780 late Friday, after officials suggested both the announcement of the prime minister's agenda and talks over Britain's divorce from the European Union could be postponed.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

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One senior backbencher told the BBC that she had appeared "contrite and genuine but not on her knees".

"We are going to see, I hope, more collective decision-making in the cabinet".

The session had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, but was brought forward a day so that May could explain the status of her efforts to ally with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party before any deal is finalized.

With Northern Ireland having been without a powersharing executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January, a new three-week process to salvage devolution began in Belfast on Monday.

Senior Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady said the prospect of being propped up by the socially conservative DUP, which is strongly focused on Northern Ireland's specific political complexities, was causing concern in his party.

"There was a real sense around the Cabinet table today, as you would expect from centre right politicians, that that is the primacy we're looking for", she told BBC News.

Critics of a deal have hit out at the DUP policies on things such as abortion laws and gay marriages, but in a media interview Fallon said: "It doesn't mean we now agree with all their views", he said.

London's neutrality is key to the delicate balance of power in Northern Ireland, which was once plagued by violence over Britain's control of the province. "We could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her".

But Anna Soubry, a Conservative member of parliament who campaigned ahead of last year's referendum for Britain to stay in the European Union, disagreed.

Mrs May is expected to face tough questions when she meets backbench MPs at a meeting of the 1922 committee today.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams has warned that the Northern Ireland Secretary is not an acceptable chairman of talks aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont.

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