Theresa May's best hope, DUP opposes abortion, same-sex marriage

Claudine Rigal
Juin 11, 2017

Britain's typically pro-Conservative press savaged May on Saturday and questioned whether she could remain in power, only two months after she started the clock ticking on the two-year European Union divorce process.

Protesters were also decrying May's decision to stay in power despite her party's failure to win the majority.

"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament". Dudley North (won by Labour by 22), Newcastle-under-Lyme (won by 30), Crewe and Nantwich (won by 48) and Canterbury (won by 187) would have allowed PM May to form a government without the help of the DUP.

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.

Today, Corbyn said that he had "changed the face of British politics" and that politics "isn't going back into the box where it was before". But now that she's politically weaker, what'll happen with the Brexit deal?

With May severely weakened and forced to govern as head of a minority government, Britain's position on Brexit has suddenly become much murkier, and it isn't clear the embattled Prime Minister has the political strength, let alone the public backing, to force through her original hard Brexit vision.

"We will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge", Arlene Foster, 46, the party's current leader, was quoted as saying to the British press. It will come down to what money the Conservatives can offer Northern Ireland.

One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that Britain is a divided country: many are exhausted of austerity, many remain frustrated or angry about Brexit, and many younger people feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation. Another potential problem is the planned restart of negotiations for power-sharing in the province.

Stonewall also urged the Tories to keep their promise to LGBT people and not permit progress to equality to be harmed under the DUP.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is not legal.

She said she "obviously wanted a different result" and felt "sorry" for colleagues who lost their seats. But the election result meant it was unclear whether her plan to take Britain out of the bloc's single market and customs union could still be pursued. Yet, other than continuing vetoes over same-sex marriage and abortion legalisation, the DUP leadership will not be interested in reinforcing the party's religious outlook.

The Prime Minister's former communications chief Katie Perrior, who left Downing Street when the election was called, hit out at the two aides' "rude, abusive, childish behaviour".

The election cost them their majority in Parliament, and led Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to call on May to resign.

"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country", he added. The Scottish National Party is projected to win 34 seats, the Liberal Democrats 14 seats, and other parties 22 seats.

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