Theresa May Under Pressure As Top Aides Resign
Things seem to be falling apart in the British government and the centre may be caving in.
May’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit as pressure continues to mount on the British Prime Minister.
The Conservative leader has been warned her days are numbered after calling Thursday’s vote three years early, only to lose her majority in parliament.
Senior party figures have cautioned against any immediate leadership challenge, saying it would only cause further disruption as Britain prepares to start Brexit negotiations as early as June 19.
But reports suggest they demanded the departure of May’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, as the price for allowing the 60-year-old vicar’s daughter to stay in office.
May announced Friday she would seek to form a minority government with the help of a small Northern Irish party, the far-right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
She put on a brave face, refusing to show any contrition for the election gamble that spectacularly backfired, but observers say she has been deeply wounded.
May had relied on Timothy and Hill for advice and support since her previous job at the interior ministry, and their resignations will be a personal loss.