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Theresa May appoints Remainers, signals overhaul of Brexit plans

To avoid the coup against her government, British Prime Minister Theresa May has installed Remainers in key positions in her new government in the wake of dismal results of the election. The DUP have arrived at Downing Street to hammer out a deal that would give Theresa May a working majority in the Commons.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said May should work with other parties to form a consensus on Brexit, having met the Prime Minister at Downing Street.

The move is understood to have been taken to shore up support for a hard Brexit. May faces a crucial test on Monday when she addresses Conservative party MPs at a meeting of the powerful 1922 Committee but it appears that she will pursue a softer approach to Britain’s departure from the EU.

New chief of staff has signalled that the Government will look again at austerity and its Brexit plans.

Gavin Barwell explained that a key reason his party lost the election is because it struggled to convince people that their “quality of life” would improve under the Tories, while Jeremy Corbyn tapped into their concerns.

The DUP have arrived at Downing Street to hammer out a deal that would give Theresa May a working majority in the Commons.

May said her government remains steadfast in its support for the Belfast agreement and the peace process in Nothern Ireland.

Macron, who decides to continue answering in French, says he respects the decision by the British people to come out of the EU adds that the possibility of reopening the door remains until the UK actually departs, though the longer talks go on it will become “more and more difficult to go backwards”.

In a cabinet reshuffle, May promoted long-time friend and ally Damian Green to First Secretary of State – thus making him effectively her deputy. Michael Gove has also made a come back, who has been appointed environment secretary in the May government.

Gove is set to become a key adviser on Brexit, as well as a powerful ally of the Prime Minister in getting any Brexit deal through the House of Commons.

Prime Minister May is well aware of the fact that she will face a tough challenge in the House of Commons after the election results as majority of MPs are in favour of a softer Brexit than May initially envisaged.On the other hand, Allies of Boris Johnson have been gearing up for a fresh leadership bid, although the Foreign Secretary himself has denied such rumours and has rather appealed for unity behind May.

May appears to have avoided an immediate coup, with Boris Johnson telling unsettled MPs to “calm down”, but Conservatives from all wings of the party are still openly speculating that the Prime Minister’s days are numbered. The former chancellor George Osborne yesterday branded her a “dead woman walking.

Remainer is a person who voted for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum. May’s new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, was also a passionate Remainer, having branded the Leave campaign as the ‘politics of hate and division’.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, May’s joint chiefs of staff, had faced fierce criticism over their role in the Tory election campaign as the party failed to secure a majority and the Prime Minister was left clinging to power.

The embattled Prime Minister also appointed close ally and long-time friend Damian Green as first secretary of state in a bid to consolidate her control on the government.Green will now be May’s number two.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

 

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