Theresa May to 'get on with job' after ignoring calls for resignation

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's future was hanging in the balance Monday as she prepared for a showdown with angry MPs from her Conservative party following its disastrous performance in last week's election.

Many MPs are angry over what they see as an unnecessary vote that has cost several lawmakers their seats and are demanding she run a more open, collegiate government after her first months of a dictatorial regime.

Corbyn believes that without an outright majority s May's position is vulnerable and he intends to oppose the Queen's Speech in an attempt to bring down her administration.

Her only chance of an overall working majority is with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a fringe political party in Northern Ireland, which is demanding a package of measures on finance in return for support in Parliament.

The new government is set to present its legislative programme to parliament on June 19, although there were indications this could be delayed as the Conservatives seek to bolster their position.

May wants to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce. During a visit to Mexico a day earlier, the German chancellor said she did not expect any significant delay in the talks between Britain and the EU.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

So who is really in charge?

British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet DUP leader Arlene Foster on Tuesday to finalise a deal on propping up her minority government.

But even in this her lack of authority prevented her from major moves or sackings.

Mrs Foster said her party remained committed to getting Stormont back up and running.


MPs and ministers also feel they were treated disdainfully by May's two chiefs of staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, who resigned over the weekend as the PM tried to make concessions. This is expected to be an important challenge for her to overcome.

Asked whether she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected, I would intend to serve a full term".

"Ruth Davidson has been very clear on that, she actually went out to Northern Ireland and set that out, so they can't be in any doubt where they stand on these issues".

An alliance, at what cost?

Before the government can do anything it must finalise a deal with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

"Early agreement on key issues like the regulation of medicines, the regime to enable non-U.K. nationals to work and contribute to the United Kingdom life science ecosystem, trade, finance support, market and intellectual property rules, will be the best way to ensure speedy and continuing global inward investment into the United Kingdom and EU", BIA CEO Steve Bates said in a statement.

She sat in "stony-faced silence" when the exit poll was released at 10pm, and "took a minute to say anything" when it became clear that the Tories had lost their House of Commons' majority.

Mr Varadkar also said he sensed the "landscape" around Brexit had changed following the United Kingdom election with the influence the DUP can exert and the success of Scottish Conservatives and their desire to avoid a hard split from Europe.

Brexit minister David Davis insisted the government still aimed to take Britain out of the European Union single market.

The upshot for biopharma is the relative period of certainty May established between sketching out her Brexit vision and calling the general election is over. "The Tory (Conservative) cabal kicking up a hard Brexit approach is dead in the water", Sturgeon told Sky News television on Monday.

He said: "I think we have a job to do and the job is try to provide the most steady government we most possibly can". The question is, for how long.

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