Hampshire Pride chief slams Theresa May over DUP talks
He expected London to remain an important financial centre for Europe after Britain had left.”We want a solution that causes as little damage as possible for both sides”, Schaeuble said.Schaeuble predicted Britain would later regret its departure from the bloc “and then they’ll come back”.
Mrs May’s largely unchanged Cabinet earlier discussed plans for the scope of negotiations in a meeting that lasted around 90 minutes.
British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the ruling Conservatives’ disastrous performance at last week’s elections, as she faced her party’s angry MPs on Monday, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.
Coming off a bruising few days during which her future has hung in the balance, May will hope to secure a deal to prop up her minority government when she meets with Arlene Foster, the head of Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on Tuesday morning. May reportedly took full responsibility for the result but vowed to lead the Tories through the term if MPs backed her.
But any deal between the DUP and the Tories could worsen tension in Northern Ireland and open the door to a referendum on unity with Ireland.
The DUP gained 10 seats in the election last week.
The British government is preparing to share power with a Northern Irish party, that is known, if at all, for its anti-gay views and for its links with sectarian killers.
A failure to gain support from the Northern Irish party would risk the Queen’s Speech being voted down, with Labour promising to put forward an amendment setting out a programme for an alternative government.
Soon after the meeting, May set off to the House of Commons where MPs were reconvening for the first time after the June 8 general election and overwhelmingly re-elected John Bercow as the Speaker of the House.
The European Union has called on the United Kingdom to treat Brexit negotiations with a greater sense of urgency days after Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win a majority in the general election. The Conservatives won 318 out of 650 seats.
Mrs May tried to reassert her shattered authority at the weekend by announcing her new cabinet – with no changes among her top team.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned Mrs May’s election slogans against her, claiming a link-up between the Tories and DUP would be a “coalition of chaos”.
May’s weakness means she must now listen to all shades of opinion on Brexit as she goes into Britain’s most complex negotiations since World War Two.
Brexit minister David Davis insisted the government still aimed to take Britain out of the European Union single market in order “to take back control of our borders”.
Despite her party losing its majority in the election, the prime minister has managed to hold onto the reigns of power for the moment. The committee appears to have given her a pass, for now, but there are still plenty of discontented figures within the party and, as the late British PM Harold Wilson once quipped, “a week is a long time in politics”.
“Westminster has brought us austerity, has brought us hardship, and it has hurt the working class people in our communities”, one of their MPs told reporters at a news conference in London. But it bears remembering that the same Johnson wrote in a controversial article in 2006 that the party had become accustomed to “orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing”.