Boris Johnson denies plot to topple UK PM Theresa May

Aaron Brown
June 13, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two chiefs of staff have resigned in the wake of the Conservative Party's disastrous election result.

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.

A confidence and supply deal would mean them backing the Government on its Budget and confidence motions, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis.

Downing Street made an error when it issued a statement saying the DUP had agreed the principles of a deal to back the Conservatives, according to Sky sources.

The Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel the Labour party into power under Jeremy Corbyn, who supports renationalisation of key industries and higher taxes for business and top earners.

But a dismal campaign has left the Prime Minister fending off a mutiny in her own party.

The DUP won 10 seats during the elections and an agreement may involve the Irish party supporting a Conservative minority government but not forming a formal coalition.

Many of those Conservatives now opposing May are those who wanted to remain in the EU.

Hogan said another British election might be needed to give a government a mandate to make the hard decisions required to secure a Brexit deal, as May was "very damaged" as a result of the poll.

Ireland's foreign minister Charlie Flanagan said his country, which after Brexit will have the EU's only land border with the United Kingdom, was very keen for the Brexit talks to start, and to produce a deal that would not endanger Northern Ireland's fragile peace process. He aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, quit on Saturday following sustained criticism of the campaign within the party.

"It was a disaster", he said.

The public still wishes to express a protest and voting for Labour was that manifestation.

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May called a general election in April to increase the Conservative majority in parliament in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks.

Mrs May needs to shore up her position in Parliament because the Queen's Speech setting out the Government's programme is due on June 19, with a highly significant vote on its content expected after a few days' debate.

"I was fairly straightforward with her and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party", Davidson told the BBC. "May sought a mandate".

The Mail on Sunday reported that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was set to launch a bid to oust May, while the Sunday Times said five cabinet ministers were urging him to do so.

The DUP-Conservative coalition has approval of just 35 per cent of those surveyed, 49 per cent disapproving and 17 per cent unsure.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, who played a frontline role for Labour in the election campaign, said the Tories were in an "utter mess".

Northern Ireland is the only part of the which same-sex marriage is illegal.

Earlier, Downing Street had said a preliminary agreement had already been secured.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

"The Prime Minister thanked Mr Kenny for helping to make UK-Ireland relations stronger than ever, wished him well for the future and said she looked forward to continuing a close relationship with his successor".

Still, the deal with the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland.

In the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity from all sides, the Labour leader delivered an election performance the likes of which the Party hasn't enjoyed since 1945. "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

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