Having lost her majority, British prime minister Theresa May can not afford to alienate either “soft” or “hard” Brexiteers in her party.
Mrs May has said that she wants to end free movement of labour with the European Union and has acknowledged that means the United Kingdom can not remain in the single market. “She has had to tear up most of her manifesto”, he said.
May 2018 English local government elections will provide the Prime Minister with her first widespread electoral test since the disastrous snap election of June 8 2017. I think they are ready with it, but whether they are politically ready to do it I don’t know.
May called the election in a bid to increase her majority and strengthen her hand within her party ahead of the Brexit talks.
European Union officials played down the importance of Britain’s lack of a clear final plan, saying that talks on other issues can go ahead without deciding yet on a new relationship.
Sir Keir said the government should now drop their claim that “no deal is better than a bad deal” on Brexit, saying it had “never been a viable option”.
The Sunday Times said ministers within May’s cabinet had “let it be known” they would oust the prime minister if they thought she could not pass the government’s legislative programme in a vote expected on June 28.
While European leaders try to gauge what to expect from Britain, May is so weakened that her own finance minister and the partners on whom she will rely for her majority, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, are giving her public guidance.
With May still hammering out the details of a post-election deal to stay in power with the support of a small Northern Irish party, there are fears of a disorderly exit that would weaken the West, imperil Britain’s $2.5 trillion economy and undermine London’s position as the only financial centre to rival NY.
She is also trying to contain outrage at home over a London tower block fire which left at least 30 people dead.
Ruth Davidson, an enthusiastic Remainer and now a very influential figure in the Tory party after helping her Scottish Conservatives increase from only one seat in the Westminster Parliament to 13, told May that she must now pursue a softer “open Brexit” that prioritizes economic prosperity over immigration control.
Britain’s negotiations with the European Union over its exit from the bloc begin on Monday and stand to be complicated by the surprise loss of Prime Minister Theresa May’s parliamentary majority in a national election last week.
Working groups will be set up to focus on three key areas – the status of EU citizens living in Britain and British citizens living in the EU; the divorce bill for Britain; and the future of the Northern Irish border with EU member Ireland.
Andrea Leadsom, leader of the Britain’s lower legislative house, said that Brexit would require a lot of legislation, including a law to enshrine current European Union rules into British law, known as the “Great Repeal Bill”.
The issue most likely to torpedo negotiations is Britain’s bill for leaving the bloc.
We now know that at precisely 11:00 BST on Monday morning, nearly exactly a year after the Brexit referendum, the all important exit negotiations will begin.