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Theresa May arrives at Europa Building, the main headquarters of European Council, in Brussels — EU officials have warned could be a “humiliating” encounter

June 22, 2017

Theresa May arrives at the Europa Building, the main headquarters of European Council, in Brussels ahead of the EU leaders summit

Theresa May arrives at the Europa Building, the main headquarters of European Council, in Brussels ahead of the EU leaders summit CREDIT: JOHN THYS/AFP


Theresa May has arrived in Brussels for what EU officials have warned could be a “humiliating” encounter as she holds talks on Brexit with EU leaders for the first time since losing her majority at the general election.

The Prime Minister will set out plans to give EU citizens legal rights in the UK after Brexit to help curry favour with her European…..

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Brexit: Theresa May arrives at European Council to lay out plans for EU citizens’ rights

It is her first meeting with European leaders since the general election in the UK

By Joe Watts Political Editor
The Independent

Theresa May repeats same comment three times as she ignores questions at EU summit

Theresa May has arrived at her first European Council summit since her election gamble saw her stripped of a Commons majority in the UK.

The Prime Minister spoke as she entered the Council building, choosing to ignore the thrust of reporters’ questions in favour of repeating three times how she intends to table proposals on EU citizens’ rights.

She also argued that the start of withdrawal talks earlier in the week had been “constructive”, despite her Brexit Secretary David Davis being forced into an embarrassing U-turn.

Ms May had called her election while promising to strengthen her hand so that she could better negotiate Brexit, and then caused outrage by accusing European leaders of trying to swing the vote.

But with talks under way she is due to use a dinner event on Thursday evening to outline how she intends to ensure the rights of EU and British citizens are protected after Brexit.

Asked how talks would go with her new weakened Government, she said it had been a “very constructive start”, adding: “But it’s also about how we will build a future special and deep partnership with our friends and allies in Europe.

“Today, I’m going to be setting out some of the UK’s plans, particularly on how we propose to protect the rights of EU citizens and UK citizens as we leave the European Union.”

After referencing an intention to work on counter-terrorism, she was asked whether the UK would compromise with EU negotiators, responding: “We will be going into negotiations. Those have started constructively.

“What I’m going to be setting out today is clearly how the United Kingdom proposes to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, and see the rights of UK citizens living in Europe protected.

“That’s been an important issue. We’ve wanted it to be one of the early issues that’s considered in the negotiations, that is now the case, that work is starting. We will be setting out how we propose that EU citizens living in the UK have their rights protected in the United Kingdom.”


In Brussels, weakened May to offer EU citizens rights

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
By Elizabeth Piper and Alastair Macdonald | BRUSSELS

British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that she would reassure fellow leaders that her government will protect the rights of their citizens living in Britain after its departure from the bloc.

But other leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, made clear that they did not want to get drawn into Brexit discussions and instead preferred to focus on the future of the EU without Britain.

At her first EU summit since a June 8 election sapped her authority to set the terms of Brexit, May said: “I’m going to be setting out some of the UK’s plans, particularly on how we propose to protect the rights of EU citizens and UK citizens as we leave the European Union.”

She seemed keen to calm the mood with the continentals after weeks of sniping during her election campaign, describing the first formal meeting of Brexit negotiators on Monday as “very constructive” and stressing that London wanted a “special and deep partnership with our friends and allies in Europe”.

Merkel also expressed a desire for constructive talks with Britain, but made clear that the EU’s priority now was its own future.

“I want to state clearly that the shaping of the future of the 27 has priority over the negotiations with Britain over its exit,” Europe’s leading power broker said on arrival.

“We will conduct these talks in a good spirit,” she added. “But the clear focus has to be on the future of the 27.”

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, spoke of working with Germany to revive European integration and did not refer at all to Britain during his remarks before talks got under way.

Over after-dinner coffee, May will outline her plan to provide early guarantees for some three million people living in Britain from other countries in the bloc, a British source said.

But her wings have been clipped – not only in Britain where voters denied her a majority in parliament, but also in Brussels where EU leaders will try to stop her from discussing Brexit beyond a quick briefing. One EU official said too much detail from May would be unhelpful, as it could provoke reactions.

Instead, once she has left the room, they will continue their own discussion of Britain’s departure from the European Union, notably on which city gets to host two EU agencies being pulled out of London – a potentially divisive issue for the 27.


Weakened by an election she did not need to call, May has watered down her government’s program to try to get it through parliament and set a softer tone in her approach to Brexit.

Yet her aims have held – she wants a clean break from the bloc, leaving the lucrative single market and customs union and so reducing immigration and ending EU courts’ jurisdiction.

On Thursday, her finance minister, Philip Hammond called for an early agreement on transitional arrangements to ease uncertainty that he said was hurting business.

Reflecting, confusion on the continent about what kind of Brexit she will ask for, summit chair Donald Tusk said ahead of a separate meeting with May: “We can hear different predictions, coming from different people, about the possible outcome of these negotiations: hard Brexit, soft Brexit or no deal.”

Some Britons had asked him if he could imagine Britain not leaving after all: “The European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. So, who knows?,” the former Polish prime minister said before quoting John Lennon’s song “Imagine”:

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.”

Other leaders took up the late Beatle’s theme. President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, which has over 100,000 citizens in Britain, insisted relations would remain close and tweeted the Motown lyric: “#Brexit: ain’t no mountain high enough”.

But Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, who argues for a need to protect EU integration from British ambivalence toward the project, tweeted: “It’s time for action and certainty. Not for dreams and uncertainty #Brexit #FutureofEurope”

Speaking to reporters at the summit, Michel said: “Theresa May is in a very difficult situation in terms of leadership so we will have to see what position Great Britain will defend.

“We can speculate, but it is a waste of time.”


A British official said May would offer “new elements” in a paper on citizens’ rights to be published next week. There may be sticking points with Brussels, such as the cut-off date for EU citizens in Britain to retain rights under the bloc’s free movement rules and EU demands to preserve a panoply of rights in the future that may irk those keen to reduce immigrant numbers.

May will also aim to show that while still a member of the EU, Britain will contribute to other summit discussions, pressing for more action to encourage social media companies to clamp down on internet extremism and for the EU to roll over sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Driven by Germany and France’s new pro-EU president Macron, some EU states are keen to set up new defense cooperation of a kind that Britain has long resisted as a member. British officials say London, with little power to block them, now accepts the current EU proposals.

British strengths in the intelligence and security fields, as well as its military clout, are key elements in a future relationship with the EU that May wants to emphasize.

(Additional reporting by Alastair Macdonald, Robin Emmott, Jan Strupczewski, Elizabeth Miles and Alissa de Carbonnel in Brussels; Editing by Noah Barkin)

A Look at What Is Ahead Now That Brexit Talks Have Started

June 19, 2017

BRUSSELS — The talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union finally started Monday when EU negotiator Michel Barnier said “Welcome David” to his counterpart, David Davis, and led him toward a huge oval table at the European Commission headquarters.

As the negotiations kick off, here’s a look at some of the major issues the sides face.



They will first have to unravel the British from the EU, which will be challenging to say the least. That will involve everything from deciding what waters each side can fish in to how nuclear agreements should be renegotiated. Only when there is “sufficient progress” does the EU want to look at creating a new relationship with Britain on things like trade and migration. Britain hopes the two themes — divorce terms and future relationship — can be discussed in parallel.



While Britain has struggled to agree on and present a coherent list of demands, the 27 EU nations have had one message all along — in the words of Barnier on Monday: “We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit.” It means clarifying the fate of EU citizens in Britain and vice versa, how to manage the border between Ireland and the U.K., and how much Britain will pay.



The EU says Britain can’t leave without settling its bill, paying up for all its commitments that are still ongoing, including projects that might reach into the next decade, as well as the U.K.’s share of EU staff pensions. EU officials have put the figure at around 50 billion euros ($63 billion) while other estimates by think tanks and in the media go as high as twice that amount. As in any divorce, count on both sides to be picky in splitting the goods and dues.



The EU says it will not compromise on its core “four freedoms”: free movement of goods, capital, services and workers. Britain insists that it must regain the right to control immigration and end free movement from other EU countries into Britain. May says Britain will leave the EU’s single market in goods and services and its tariff-free customs union, but nonetheless, somehow, wants “frictionless” free trade.



Even though May triggered the two-year process on March 29, negotiators will have to get a full agreement much faster than March 2019. EU nations and the European Parliament will have to approve any future deal and that can take months. EU officials have therefore put the realistic deadline at October — and at the latest November — of 2018. If no deal is struck by then, the sides may have to create a transitional deal, possibly prolonging some of the current relationship.

If Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal, that would create huge uncertainties for citizens and businesses as well as issues like global security. How bad that would be in reality is anyone’s guess.

UK to Target ‘Deep Partnership’ With EU in Brexit Talks: Johnson

June 19, 2017

LUXEMBOURG — British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said Brexit talks set to begin on Monday should aim to prepare the ground for a “deep and special partnership” that London wants with the European Union.

“The most important thing I think now is for us to look to the horizon … think about the future, and think about the new partnership, the deep and special partnership that we want to build with our friends,” Johnson told reporters ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Brexit Secretary David Davis starts negotiations in Brussels later on Monday that will set the terms on which Britain leaves the EU and determine its relationship with the continent for generations to come.

(Reporting by Robin Emmot; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Gareth Jones)

‘No doubt’ over Britain leaving EU: Brexit minister Davis

June 18, 2017


British Brexit minister David Davis heads to Brussels on Monday to open divorce talks with the EU with a message that there should be “no doubt — we are leaving the European Union”.

Days after a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that Britain could still choose to remain, Davis said there would be no backtracking from Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to deliver on Brexit, for which Britons voted in a referendum almost a year ago.

“As I head to Brussels to open official talks to leave the EU, there should be no doubt — we are leaving the European Union, and delivering on that historic referendum result,” Davis said in a statement.

“Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the UK — one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do.”

May, under pressure after losing her ruling Conservatives’ majority in a botched snap election and over her response to a devastating fire that killed at least 58 in a London apartment block, says she wants a clean break with the EU – a strategy some in her party have challenged as risking economic growth.

Davis, a prominent ‘Leave’ campaigner in the referendum, said he was approaching the talks in a “constructive way”, knowing they will be “difficult at points”.

“We are not turning our backs on Europe,” he said in the statement. “It’s vital that the deal we strike allows both the UK and the EU to thrive, as part of the new deep and special partnership we want with our closest allies and friends.”

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Pay up, make nice if you want “soft Brexit”, EU to tell May — Plus Hammond’s plan for soft Brexit days before talks open

June 17, 2017


“I think on balance in the House of Commons there is a majority for something softer than Theresa May’s idea of Brexit.”


By Alastair Macdonald | BRUSSELS

Theresa May should agree to pay Britain’s bills to the European Union and drop threats to walk out without a legal deal if she wants talks on the “softer Brexit” some of her allies are calling for, EU negotiators say.

If the chastened prime minister and Brexit Secretary David Davis take a gentler tone when talks finally launch in Brussels next week, they could win valuable concessions, some think.

A week after May lost her majority in an election she had called in the hope of strengthening her hand in the talks, some fellow Conservatives want her to focus more on limiting the damage to business and less on cutting immigration and other ties to the EU when Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Other EU governments will be happy to let Britain keep trade open as it would limit the hit to their own economies, officials told Reuters, though they are not ready to ease conditions that May would struggle to sell to her party’s Brexit hardliners.

But speculating now on different kinds of trade pact – on “soft Brexit” or “hard” – is to put cart before horse, they say. EU leaders gave chief negotiator Michel Barnier no authority to so much as talk about trade until he clinches outline deals on Brussels’ priority issues, including on what London owes them.

Barnier this week acknowledged “sensitivity” in London at EU suggestions that Britain might owe it some 60 billion euros in 2019 and said sorting out the issue soon would help a trade deal: “I would like to very quickly play down this question, and find concrete, pragmatic and just solutions,” he said on Monday.

“We need trust to build the future relationship.”

EU leaders, who will meet May at a summit next Thursday, have been irritated by her repeated threats to walk out with “no deal” — even if most see that as a campaigning bluff given the chaos it would cause. They are also irked by her refusal to say Britain will definitely pay what Brussels calls a “hefty bill” — some ministers have even said the EU may owe London money.


If Davis, who launches the formal negotiations with Barnier on Monday, can show British willing on the EU’s priority “Phase One” issues, then trade talks could get under way by the turn of the year — a step-by-step timetable Barnier says must be followed to limit the risk of a disruptive “no deal” scenario.

An EU official close to the matter said the “softer Brexit” talk could be “productive” and help progress in the first months, where the British attitude to discussing the financial settlement “will be the first serious test of the negotiations”.

There are also differences over the other priority issue for Brussels — securing the rights of 3 million EU citizens living in Britain — but diplomats see those as less problematic.

And as leaders welcomed the new tone in London and talk of a “softer Brexit” that may be less disruptive than May’s clean break with the single market and customs union, officials from at least some governments saw compromise on the British bill.

“If they refuse to pay, there will be no agreement,” a senior official handling Brexit for one EU member state government told Reuters. “However, discussing about the amount of money, here there will be flexibility,” he added.

A senior Brussels official said the amount, which compares to London’s annual net EU payment of around 10 billion euros, would still be “peanuts” in terms of the overall economy and also that the final bill would be determined less by technical and legal arguments than by hard-headed political horse-trading.


Significant progress in talks on the budget and citizens’ rights issue, as well as on issues around the new EU-UK land border in Ireland, would allow EU leaders to give Barnier a mandate by December to discuss a future, close relationship and, potentially, years of transition after 2019 to smooth its way.

Barnier speaks of a willingness to look at various options but EU officials also stress that greater access to EU markets will mean accepting greater costs, closer to EU membership, and question whether Britain can find a political consensus on that.

The other 27, including lead powers Germany and France, want to dissuade others from emulating Britain and so insist that any Brexit deal must be less advantageous than full membership.

“All the options are balanced and come with obligations,” an EU official working on Brexit said, noting that May had seemed to be looking for a sweeping free trade deal like that agreed last year with Canada but that some of those calling for “soft” Brexit cited arrangements such as those with Norway and Turkey.

Norway is in the single market, in return for accepting free immigration from the EU, EU courts and budget payments. Turkey has special arrangements with the customs union but must follow Brussels in trade policies with other global players.

For Brussels, a concern with starting talks on such models would be that Brexit supporters might end up blocking them, raising the risk of time running out to get any deal: “Would you … 10 months later find that there was no real majority for that?” the official said. “It all becomes very uncertain.”

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr; editing by Mark John)


Hammond’s plan for soft Brexit days before talks open

At loggerheads: Philip Hammond is fighting Theresa May for a softer Brexit

At loggerheads: Philip Hammond is fighting Theresa May for a softer Brexit CREDIT: REUTERS

Philip Hammond is drawing up detailed plans for a softer Brexit that will prioritise “protecting jobs” over Britain’s ability to strike free trade deals after Britain quits the EU.

Senior Whitehall sources have told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Hammond is pushing for a bespoke deal under which Britain would retain associate membership of the EU’s customs union, but retain the freedom to negotiate separate deals on trade services.

As he entered a meeting of EU finance ministers in Luxembourg yesterday, the Chancellor made clear that he was not giving up his battle to resist a hard Brexit. “My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is we should prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity,” he said, in an apparently open challenge to hardline Brexiteers.

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‘Soft Brexit’ Forces Rise in Britain on the Eve of Talks

LONDON — Ridiculed by the right-wing tabloid media and ignored by Prime Minister Theresa May as she pursued plans for a clean break with the European Union, Britain’s pro-Europeans suddenly have something they have long wanted: leverage.

After the recent stunning general election, in which her governing Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority, Mrs. May faces pressure from both inside and outside the party to soften her plans to exit the bloc, a process known as Brexit, as talks are set to begin on Monday.

The pro-Europe Britons’ demands that Mrs. May maintain closer ties to the European Union have grown louder and more assertive — in particular the calls to keep Britain in Europe’s customs union, which provides tariff-free access to Continental markets and helps integrate the British and European economies.

For the first time since the referendum on Britain’s exit, there is “an opportunity to have a much better relationship with the European Union,” said Roland Rudd, a senior figure in the defeated “remain” campaign and founder of Finsbury, a communications company.Anand Menon, a professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King’s College London, said, “I think on balance in the House of Commons there is a majority for something softer than Theresa May’s idea of Brexit.”

This, Professor Menon said, creates a difficult and dangerous dynamic for Mrs. May. She emerged from the snap election she called with a far weaker hand for Brexit negotiations, and must also avert a return to feuding over Europe in her Conservative Party, where there is still strong support for a tough stance.

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Britain’s financial obligations to the European Union on the Brexit agenda Monday, first round of negotiations

June 16, 2017

The Associated Press

Top negotiators will on Monday discuss Britain’s financial obligations to the European Union as the long and complicated process of the U.K. leaving the bloc finally gets underway.

The EU’s executive Commission said in a statement Friday that the first round of negotiations in Brussels will be part of a “sequenced approach to the talks.”

The EU has insisted that this sequence involve sorting out Britain’s departure and urgent issues like the rights of citizens affected by Brexit before the shape of future ties or trade are discussed.

The unprecedented negotiations come almost exactly a year after Britons voted last June 23 to leave the EU. The talks must be completed and endorsed by parliaments by the end of March 2019.


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UK to agree Brexit divorce bill before trade talks – EU sources

Michel Barnier and David Davis
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier (left) and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis confirmed the start of talks. Reuters

The UK has agreed to sort out its EU “divorce bill” and citizens’ residence rights before starting Brexit trade talks, EU sources have told the BBC.

But the UK’s Brexit department has insisted a trade deal must be agreed at the same time.

Brexit negotiations are due to start on Monday in Brussels but that will be the only day of talks next week.

The talks are set to continue every month throughout the summer.

The EU will aim to see if “sufficient progress” has been made by October to move on to the next phase of negotiations, sources told the BBC’s Europe correspondent Damian Grammaticas.

‘Withdrawal process’

Monday’s talks between Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU negotiator Michel Barnier follow preliminary negotiations in Brussels between officials.

In a statement the European Commission said: “The opening of negotiations at political level next week will focus on issues related to citizens’ rights, the financial settlement, the Northern Irish border and other separation issues, as part of the sequenced approach to the talks.

“Both sides will also discuss the structure of the negotiations and the issues that need to be addressed over the coming months.”

A spokesman for Mr Davis’s Brexit department stressed that nothing had changed as far as the UK was concerned and trade talks must take place alongside withdrawal talks.

“We have been crystal clear about our approach to these negotiations,” said the spokesman.

“As we set out in the Article 50 letter, our view is that withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other. We are clear this is what is set out in Article 50.

“We believe that the withdrawal process cannot be concluded without the future relationship also being taken into account.

“As the EU has itself said, ‘nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed’.”

‘First aim’

The spokesman added that although some issues would be given early priority “the withdrawal and future are intimately linked”.

“In particular, we want to move ahead on securing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU. We want to end the anxiety facing four million citizens.

“That has always been our first aim and that is what we will do.”

David Davis has said the UK will pay what was legally due, in line with its rights and obligations, but “not just what the EU wants”, following reports the “divorce bill” could be 100bn euros (£87bn).

Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has said there was no desire to punish the UK but “its accounts must be settled”.

“There is no Brexit bill. The final settlement is all about settling the accounts,” he said last month.

‘Viable option’

In Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter triggering Article 50, she states: “We believe it’s necessary to agree the terms of our future partnership alongside those of our withdrawal from the EU.’

But European Council president Donald Tusk and other senior EU officials have consistently ruled out parallel talks.

Sir Keir Starmer
Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer is seeking meetings with Brexit civil servants. Reuters

Labour’s Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has written to David Davis urging him to “reset” the government’s “belligerent and reckless” approach to leaving the EU.

In the letter, obtained by the Financial Times, Sir Keir warned that Theresa May’s “inflexible” stance “makes a good deal for Britain less likely, not more likely”.

He urged ministers to make jobs and the economy their priority in negotiations, echoing comments earlier by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Sir Keir said the government should now drop their claim that “no deal is better than a bad deal” on Brexit, saying it had “never been a viable option”.

“To threaten to jump off a cliff rather than to be pushed is not a viable negotiating strategy,” he said.

Labour is seeking regular meetings with the most senior civil servant at the Department for Exiting the EU, saying it needs to be ready to take over negotiations at an stage if Mrs May’s government falls.

Analysis by BBC Europe correspondent Damian Grammaticas

We now know that at precisely 11:00 BST on Monday morning, almost exactly a year after the Brexit referendum, the all important exit negotiations will begin.

It’s been confirmed that they will start with talks between David Davis representing the UK and Michel Barnier for the EU side.

The EU has pressed for openness and a press conference is expected at the end of the first day.

After that, an EU source said, there will be one week of face-to-face negotiations every four weeks throughout the summer.

And the source told the BBC that it was understood the talks would broadly follow the EU’s preferred sequence, dealing with issues of citizens’ rights and a framework for calculating outstanding financial liabilities before moving on, possibly later in the year, to deal with the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

EU countries have said they will only move on if they believed sufficient progress had been made in the first phase of talks.

Boris Johnson tells Theresa May’s critics to ‘get a grip’ — May to carry on with “humility and contrition” — Post-election reshuffle points to soft Brexit — Plus links to the latest from London

June 12, 2017


Live: Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary CREDIT: FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS


  • Theresa May to address Tory backbench 1922 committee
  • PM’s newly appointed Cabinet to meet for first time
  • Boris Johnson tells PM’s critics to ‘get a grip’
  • Foreign Secretary warns Mrs May on Brexit ‘backsliding’
  • Nicola Sturgeon to greet new SNP MPs in Westminster

Boris Johnson has told people calling for Theresa May to resign to “get a grip” ahead of the Prime Minister’s crunch meeting with Tory backbenchers.

Mrs May is set to appear in front of the influential 1922 committee at 5pm where she will be grilled about the party’s disastrous general election campaign and urged to adopt a more collegiate approach to government.

She is expected to be met with silence rather than the traditional banging of desks by Tory MPs as she is told to show “humility and contrition” in the wake of the party’s election performance.

Mr Johnson has called for calm within the Conservative Party after a number…

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From The Times:  Michael Gove returns to cabinet as Theresa May’s post-election reshuffle points to soft Brexit


Boris Johnson calls on mutinous fellow Tory MPs to stop plotting to dump Theresa May

Foreign Secretary pledges his own loyalty to the beleaguered PM telling ministers to ‘get a grip’

BORIS Johnson today calls for an end to Tory plotting to oust rocking Theresa May, telling mutinous MPs to “get a grip”.

Writing for The Sun, the Foreign Secretary pledges his own loyalty to the beleaguered PM, for now.

Boris Johnson has pledged his loyalty to beleaguered Theresa May

Boris Johnson has pledged his loyalty to beleaguered Theresa May. PA photo

The mop-haired senior Tory also insists there shouldn’t be another general election this year after last week’s calamitous result for the Tories — as voters are “fed up to the back teeth” with politicians and politics.

But Boris also lays down strong terms for Mrs May to keep his backing.

In a carefully worded article, he also insists there must be “no backsliding” on the Brexit deal terms that he PM set out in January.

The Prime Minister has come under fire after disastrous election campaign

The Prime Minister has come under fire after disastrous election campaign. PA photo

And Mrs May must deliver for angry voters on the NHS, schools and housing.

Boris writes: “The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking.

“Now is the time for delivery — and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work.”

Boris Johnson insists he is backing Theresa May as Conservative leader

As her most popular heir apparent, Boris’s powerful intervention will draw an end to the frenzied leadership speculation sparked by the disastrous election result three days ago – at least for the summer.

In his article, Boris reveals his message to Tory plotters trying to immediately oust her is: “Come off it. Get a grip, everyone”.

He also heaps praise on the PM for pushing the party’s share of the vote above 42 per cent “for the first time in decades”, as well as “inspiring” 13.7m people to vote Conservative – dubbing it “the biggest total tally since Margaret Thatcher”.

There are Tory fears Jeremy Corbyn could win the next election should one be called

There are Tory fears Jeremy Corbyn could win the next election should one be called. Reuters photo

Branding it “a stunning achievement”, Boris adds: “She deserves the support of her party. And she will certainly get it from me”.

Laying down his terms for his continuing support for the PM, Boris puts the Brexit package drawn up before the election as top of his list.

As other Cabinet figures demand Mrs May softens her demands, Mr Johnson insists: “There can be no backsliding from the objectives the PM set out in the campaign — taking back control of our laws, our borders, our cash”.

He also lays out three demands on domestic policy, in a bitter implicit criticism of the PM’s woeful election campaign.

Brexit Secretary David Davis is one of those expected to make a leadership bid

Brexit Secretary David Davis is one of those expected to make a leadership bid. PA Photo

Boris adds: “If the election taught us one thing it is that it was not just about Brexit.

“We all heard the same anxieties during the campaign; about the NHS, about funding for schools, about the cost and shortage of housing”.

A new Tory leader would want to go back to the country to get a majority to govern with.

But as The Sun revealed on Saturday, Tory grandees are desperate not to have another general election soon as they fear jubilant Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn would win it.

It was rumoured that five Cabinet members have urged Boris to topple Mrs May.

Brexit Secretary David Davis is also expected to make a leadership bid when time is eventually called on Mrs May – likely to be at some stage next year.

Home secretary Amber Rudd will also be pushed to run to represent Tory moderates’ Remainer wing.

Britain’s Brexit Minister Says Theresa May Not a ‘Dead Woman Walking’ — But for DUP “We don’t adopt their views, we don’t adopt their policies.”

June 12, 2017

LONDON — Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis backed Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, saying claims made by former finance minister George Osborne that she was a “dead woman walking” were wrong and self-indulgent.

“I find it incredibly self indulgent for the Tory party to be going for this sort of stuff,” he said on ITV television, using an alternative name for the Conservative Party.

“It is our job to get on with running the country.”

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May’s Conservatives failed to win a parliamentary majority in an election last week, meaning it will need the support of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to govern.

Davis said however the Conservatives would not adopt the views of its intended partner on matters such as abortion and gay marriage.

“We don’t adopt their views, we don’t adopt their policies,” he said.

“We’ve just been returned to government with a minority government in effect, it’s our duty to make it work, it’s our duty to make it deliver for the British people.”

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton)

UK: “Disastrous Election” Forces Prime Minister To Make Deals Fast To Keep Her Job and Number 10

June 10, 2017
Philip Hammond, Theresa May and Boris Johnson
Theresa May has already confirmed Philip Hammond (left) and Boris Johnson will keep their jobs. AFP/GETTY IMAGES

A disastrous set of election results have left Mrs May clinging onto power with the Prime Minister forced to pursue a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to stay in Downing Street.

She had been hoping to boost her mandate for Brexit negotiations but the Tories actually lost seats and fell below the 326 needed to form a majority government.

She has set out her intention to form a minority government which will be entirely reliant on the DUP’s 10 MPs to pass its legislation in parliament.

Mrs May’s decision to remain in post despite her failure to deliver the resounding Tory victory she had been aiming for has prompted widespread condemnation, with opposition leaders including Jeremy Corbyn calling on her to resign.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has been left isolated by her Cabinet with Tory big beasts like Boris Johnson and Amber Rudd conspicuous in their absence from the airwaves in the aftermath of the results.

However, the Prime Minister has moved to reappoint Mr Johnson as Foreign Secretary, Ms Rudd as Home Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond as Chancellor and David Davis as Brexit Secretary.

Speaking in Downing Street after outlining her intentions form a minority administration to the Queen at Buckingham Palace Mrs May said: “What the country needs more than ever is certainty and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons.”

Mrs May said her minority administration will “guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days” as she insisted the Tories will be able to work together with the DUP in the “interests of the whole UK” as she pledged to “get to work”.

Meanwhile, Mrs May said sorry to her colleagues who lost their jobs. 

She said in an interview on Friday afternoon: “I had wanted to achieve a larger majority but that was not the result that we secured and I am sorry for all those candidates and hard working party workers who weren’t successful but also particularly sorry for those colleagues who were MPs and ministers who had contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and didn’t deserve to lose their seats.

“As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward.”

Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP, suggested her party’s backing for the Tories was far from a done deal as she only said she would talk to Mrs May to try and find a way forward.

She said: “The Prime Minister has spoke with me this morning and 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.”

If an informal deal is done, the Parliamentary arithmetic of the situation will mean Mrs May will face an almighty struggle to pursue the policies set out in the Conservative manifesto.

The Tories won 318 seats, down 12, and will have to rely on the DUP to get things done. If just a handful of Conservative MPs desert the party on key votes Mrs May’s plans would be left in tatters.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has urged Mrs May to resign as he said she should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country”.

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Analysis by political correspondent Gary O’Donoghue

The clock is ticking for Theresa May. She needs to conclude a deal with the DUP in the next week or so ahead of the Queen’s Speech, which will set out the new government’s agenda.

That takes place on Monday 19 June – the same day Brexit negotiations are due to start.

The DUP and its 10 MPs are in a very strong position. It’s all their Christmases rolled into one and they will make sure they leverage as much as they can from their advantage.

Money for Northern Ireland will undoubtedly be part of their demands, and Mrs May will expect that. But trickier will be any demands they have about the implementation of Brexit in Northern Ireland – in particular the DUP’s determination to maintain a soft border with the south.

Another potential problem is the planned restart of negotiations for power-sharing in the province.

Typically the British government tries to act as an honest broker between Republicans and Unionists. But if Mrs May is doing a deal with the DUP, that could make it harder to reach an agreement with Sinn Fein.

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Mrs May’s decision to seek a deal with the DUP has prompted concerns from some Tories.

Charles Tannock, a Conservative member of the European Parliament, said the DUP was a “hardline, populist, protectionist” party and a “poor fit” as a partner for the Conservatives.

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

Ms Davidson, who is gay, plans to marry her partner in the near future and said she had been “straightforward” with Mrs May about her concerns.

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Ruth Davidson has said she will put LGBTI rights above her party. GETTY IMAGES

“I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party,” she told the BBC. “One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights.

“I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP, there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the UK, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland.”

By winning 12 additional seats in Scotland, Ruth Davidson played a significant part in helping Theresa May to stay in Downing Street, BBC Scotland editor Sarah Smith says.

Ms Davidson clearly plans to use her influence to try to affect the Brexit negotiations as well, suggesting that she believes the UK should try to remain in the EU single market, our editor adds.

Other members of the party have criticised Mrs May for staying on in Downing Street after failing to secure a majority government.

Former business minister Anna Soubry called for her to “consider her position” after a “disastrous” election campaign.

Labour has also demanded her resignation, with leader Jeremy Corbyn saying Mrs May should “make way” for a government that would be “truly representative of the people of this country”.

Jeremy Corbyn: An “incredible result” for the Labour party

The party won 262 seats in the election – up by 30 from 2015. With 40% of the vote, it also secured its biggest vote share since the 2001 election when Tony Blair won his second term as PM.

Mr Corbyn, who is expected to announce his shadow cabinet on Sunday, said his party was ready to form a minority government of its own, but stressed he would not enter into any “pacts or deals” with other parties.


Speaking on the BBC’s Question Time, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling defended the prime minister, saying she needed to stay in the role for the “foreseeable future”.

“Not only must she not resign, she has to not resign in the interest of the country because we need to move forward, we have got to go into the Brexit negotiations,” he added.

Former housing minister Gavin Barwell, who lost his seat, said the result was disappointing but Mrs May had won a higher share of the vote than her party had done in 1987 and 1992.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today she was still the “best person” to lead the country and he believed there was a “will in the Conservative Party to get behind her”.

UK’s May to keep Hammond as finance minister, others stay in top jobs — “Government of Certainty”

June 9, 2017


British Prime Minister Theresa May will keep Philip Hammond in his job as finance minister, broadcaster BBC said on Friday as May assembled a ministerial team a day after she failed to win a parliamentary majority in an election.

The BBC also said Boris Johnson would stay as Britain’s foreign minister, Amber Rudd would continue as interior minister while the Sun newspaper said David Davis would remain in charge of the government’s Brexit department.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon is also expected to keep his job, the Sun reported.

The BBC and the Sun did not cite any sources for their reports.

(Reporting by David Milliken and Kate Holton; Writing by William Schomberg)