Struggling British PM faces confidence vote — “Talk is now of when, not if, May will step down.”

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP / by Alice RITCHIE | The prospects of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May have plummeted because of a disastrous election gamble

LONDON (AFP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faces a vote of confidence on Thursday, three weeks after a disastrous election left her authority in tatters and her Brexit strategy in doubt.Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader’s legislative plans — the Queen’s Speech — in a key test of whether she can stay in power.

The government should pass its programme after forming a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose 10 MPs will vote with the 317 Conservatives in the 650-seat chamber.

But May’s personal authority has been deeply damaged by the election, which she called three years early expecting to win a landslide — only to find herself hanging on by a thread.

The majority of…

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