LONDON: British Prime Minister from the Conservative Party, Threresa May, was probable to have her first Cabinet meeting on Saturday in an early test of her expectations of forming a government after a devastating election setback.
Facing stresses to quit after her electoral wager failed, May on Friday planned an early weekend meeting of her governing group in an apparent bid to restate authority and project stability.
But the blaze of criticism continued persistent early Saturday after May announced that she would retain her ministerial team unaffected and have planned to remain in power with the help of a small Northern Irish party.
Media critics agreed that she had been damaged very badly, and some predicted that she and her strategy for Brexit could be a struggle to survive.
The pro-conservative Daily Mail said, “May fights to remain PM,” the Daily Telegraph headlined. “Tories turn on Theresa.”
The Times wrote: “May stares into the abyss.”
The tabloid Sun said succinctly: “She’s had her chips.”
For six years before growing to premier in the political confusion, following last June’s Brexit referendum, May was interior minister.
She has swore to steer Britain accurately out of the European Union, relaxing a complex economic as well as the institutional relationship that has developed in last 44 years.
After getting a 17-seat with overall majority in the House of Commons, In April May announced a sudden election three years before time, announcing that she want a stronger hand in the Brexit haggle.
That move taken by a vicar’s daughter who made herself as pragmatic and risk-averse, stunned the whole country.
Initially, May was forecasted to be on course for a landslide.
But flaws in her campaign-trail presentation began to demonstrate, and widened with a bad tactical mistake she has made on health care for the elderly.
Forced into the minority government, May is now trying to reaching out to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has won 10 seats, in the hope of forging a working majority.
On late Friday DUP leader Arlene Foster told Radio Ulster, “It’s too soon to say what we’re going to do yet. I think we need to see the final make-up of parliament and then we’ll reflect on that,”
“I positively think that there will be contact made over the weekend but I think it is too soon to talk about what we’re going to do.”
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor urged Britain Friday to rapidly launch Brexit talks, saying “We are ready for the negotiations. We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar.”
European Council President Donald Tusk also cautioned that there was “no time to lose” in the starting of the negotiations.
“We don’t know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end. Do your best to avoid a ‘no deal’ as result of ‘no negotiations’.”
Meanwhile, EU budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger, cautioned that May is now the WEAK negotiating partner, and this could also be bad for Europe.