June 22, 2017 / 6:49 AM / a year ago

Britain's May still to be PM at year end: finance minister Hammond

LONDON (Reuters) - Theresa May will still be British leader at the end of this year, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, arrives back in Downing Street after delivering a speech to the Bankers and Merchants at The Mansion House in London, Britain June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

May’s future is unclear after her botched gamble on a snap election left her Conservative Party short of a majority in parliament. [nL8N1JI22N]

Asked by BBC television if he believed May would remain premier into 2018, despite presiding over a minority government, Hammond replied: “Yes I do.”

“I would remind you that when we formed the coalition (with the Liberal Democrats) in 2010 people... were saying then ‘Oh it won’t last till Christmas’. But it proved extraordinarily resilient,” Hammond said.

Reporting by James Davey; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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