British Prime Minister Theresa May’s two closest advisers resigned today (Saturday) after the Conservatives lost their majority in the House of Commons. Her chief of staff Nick Timothy said he takes “full responsibility” as the calls for May to resign continue from within the party.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s two closest advisers resigned today (Saturday) after her Conservative Party did not win the majority in the House of Commons required in order to form a government in the snap election.
Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, May’s joint chiefs of staff, explained their decision to resign as an act of taking responsibility for the failure of the campaign. Timothy said he takes full responsibility for his role in the campaign and its failure. “I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme,” he said. Timothy also admitted that May’s failure to secure the majority was “disappointing” as he blamed it on an “unexpected surge in support for Labour.”
At the same time, the pressure continues to grow on the prime minister, with almost two-thirds of Conservative Party members believing that she should resign, according to a survey conducted by the Conservative Home website. The BBC reported that there were calls among senior members of the Conservative Party to have the two sacked during the weekend. The members said that May would face internal struggles within her party on Monday if the two are not dismissed.
May fell eight seats short of the House of Commons majority. May met with Queen Elizabeth yesterday and asked permission to form a government following the talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). While yesterday there were talks of a “confidence and supply” arrangement between the two parties, there are now negotiations underway in order to form a formal coalition with the DUP.