David Davis says Brexit talks could face delays

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 14, 2017

"She said 'I'm the person who got us into this mess and I'm the one who is going to get us out of it, '" said one Conservative lawmaker who attended.

Since coming to power, May has advocated a "hard" Brexit, which would entail Britain leaving the European single market and cutting immigration from the bloc.

However, George Osborne, a former finance minister who is now editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper and a vocal critic of May, said she appeared a "dead woman walking".

Mr Davis also indicated "we will start down this process" by focusing on the divorce proceedings from the European Union before moving on to trade.

Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among many core voters.

"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.

May on Sunday appointed an effective "Deputy Prime Minister" after her election disaster as long-time friend Damian Green was made First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Currently, the Tories and the DUP are considering a "confidence and supply" arrangement which would see the loyalist party back the Government to get its Budget through and on confidence motions.

He said the United Kingdom reserved the right to pull out from the talks in order to make the best deal over the terms of departure from the bloc.

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy. It was founded by the controversial Protestant leader Ian Paisley in the 1970s and has opposed same-sex marriage and abortion.

He told ITV that he is an "unswerving supporter" of Mrs May, and that there is a distinction between "running a campaign and running a country".

The DUP and Sinn Fein have also been at loggerheads recently over the collapse of a power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland that has meant the province has had no government since January.

In a phone call on Sunday, Kenny told May that forming a minority government reliant on the support of the hardline DUP could pose a "challenge" to the 1998 Good Friday peace accords.

The Queen's Speech had been scheduled for Monday 19 June, but will now be delayed by a few days in order for the Conservatives and the DUP to agree on a legislative plan - with several manifesto pledges expected to be watered down or abandoned.

One of the reasons for the delay is also believed to be because the speech has to be written on goat's skin parchment, which takes a few days to dry - and the Tory negotiations with the DUP mean it can not be ready in time.

But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn's supporters at bloodying Mrs May' s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory". Without the amendments, he said Labour would try to vote down the speech. In a cabinet reshuffle, and May appointed Michael Gove, with whom she has clashed in the past, as environment minister and two of May's closest aides, who many blamed for the election result, resigned in a bid to quell dissent.

"I can't confirm anything yet until we know the final details of the agreement", he said. "This is still on".

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