Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

The pro-Brexit Gove was appointed Environment Secretary.

She said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

May has said she intends to stay as prime minister despite failing to win a Conservative majority in the election.

That could trigger another election as the Tories would face a confidence challenge.

Pressed again on the question, Mr Leslie said: "I will never apologise for my view, which is yes, you've got to of course inspire people, absolutely, and we haven't done that well enough in the past".

After inheriting a 17-seat overall majority in the House of Commons, May in April announced a snap election three years ahead of time, declaring she needed a stronger hand in the Brexit haggle.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called May a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

The news came as May prepared to name the rest of her cabinet, after revealing on Friday that her five most senior ministers would remain in their posts.

"I think we need a change".

But opposition politicians and some members of her own party have called on her to quit. European Union officials have warned talks shouldn't be delayed and have expressed their fear that with the government weakened by the election result the talks could become even more complicated.

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The political turmoil comes a week before Britain is due to start negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union in talks of unprecedented complexity that are supposed to wrap up by the end of March 2019, when Britain actually leaves.

Voters failed to give a ringing endorsement to May's plan for Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc.

May has confirmed five of her most senior ministers will remain in their pre-election roles. Those Conservative lawmakers, such as Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, a rising political star, who favor a softer Brexit will have to be placated. "The mandate Theresa May sought for her extreme version of Brexit has been rejected", Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told cheering supporters in a speech Friday.

The pact likely take the form of an arrangement where the DUP swap votes for cash to Northern Ireland.

A confidence and supply agreement would see the DUP backing the Tories on its budget and in confidence votes, but would not see DUP members take up cabinet positions. The group's leader Arlene Foster was elected past year on a promise to work to prevent abortion rights from being extended to Northern Ireland.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

Or to put it another way, the deal with the DUP represents life or death both for the new government and for Mrs May as PM.

On Sunday, Mr Corbyn said he would invite MPs to back his policies instead of the ones set out by Mrs May, using an amendment to the Queen's Speech, focusing on austerity and a "jobs-first Brexit".

"She's staying, for now", the source told Reuters.

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