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UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June

UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June”

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", May said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote.

Having called an early election in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her hand in Britain's exit talks with the EU, May instead saw her majority evaporate completely - leaving her fortunes hanging by a thread. Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, won a triumph qualified by various analysts as a Pyrrhic victory, gaining twelve less seats in the House of Commons and losing their absolute majority before that election.

If a coalition of minority parties led by Labor effectively opposes May's government, a new election could be triggered.

She said the Conservatives' planned deal with the DUP was "dodgy" and "unsustainable" - and Theresa May's position was "not remotely tenable" because she lacked the skills to hold together a minority government, which has to be more open and collegiate.

May, jolted by the electoral setback, however, remained defiant to calls for her resignation and asserted that she will form a Government with the informal backing of the DUP. Asked if the uncertainty created by a hung parliament was good for Britain, he replied: 'A hung parliament is what we've been given, it's up to MPs to deal with that.

Following last June's Brexit referendum, the process officially started in March when May served formal notice of Britain's intention to leave the EU.

"What we know now is that [May] offers precisely nothing as a leader, either to the Tories or the country".

"Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations", Donald Tusk, leader of the EU's ruling council, wrote in a tweet. "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader". We haven't won but Tories have been humiliatingly defeated.

Labour gained 30 seats in the general election to take its total to 262 seats, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament with 318 seats.

Earlier, Mrs May announced that she meant to carry on in No 10 at the head of a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP) after falling eight seats short of an overall majority.

"She wanted a mandate", Corbyn said. In the past, Northern Irish politics has largely been ignored in mainland Britain.

In a night that redrew the political landscape once again, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) lost millions of voters, triggering the resignation of leader Paul Nuttall. The Tories will now have to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party's (DUP) 10 MPs to get things done. The DUP favors a soft border with Ireland, contradicting May's stance on a "hard" Brexit. "And with Theresa May having already triggered Article 50, meaning that the clock is ticking towards the United Kingdom leaving the European Union at the end of March 2019 before calling what always looked to be a very reckless election", said Grant Lewis, head of research at Daiwa Capital Markets.

He said the Brexit content of that amendment would be about negotiating as quickly as possible a "jobs-first Brexit".

Despite campaigning against Brexit, Labour has accepted the result but promised to avoid a "hard Brexit".

Under these circumstances, the only option left for such a government would be to call a vote - whether a general election or a second referendum - focused on the Brexit agreement that the Conservatives negotiate. Similarly, the government's "dementia tax" goof, plans to cut 20,000 police officers at a time when the country was vulnerable to the terror attacks of the sort witnessed in recent weeks, and talk of ending universal free school lunches contrasted embarrassingly with Labour's manifesto.



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