Jeremy Corbyn Says New UK Election May Be Held by Early 2018

Jeremy Corbyn Says New UK Election May Be Held by Early 2018”

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to reach an agreement with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to form a minority government.

If she is to succeed in delivering the wishes of 52 percent of the public and take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to secure the full support of her party to pass legislation preparing for and enacting the departure.

People demonstrate on Whitehall, central London, Saturday June 10, 2017, after the British general election result.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday she will try to form a governing partnership with Northern Ireland's small party in the wake of an election setback that cost her Conservatives a majority in Parliament.

Several of May's party colleagues also suggested May consider stepping down.

After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers would keep their jobs, including finance minister Philip Hammond, May is expected to continue appointing the government that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history. But now, after losing her majority, the Conservative Party's embarrassing showing has catapulted British politics into the unknown.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted that "negotiations should start when ready".

"We don't know when Brexit talks start". Mostly, the European Union mood was one of frustration that the already tough Brexit talks were likely to become only more hard.

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she would insist on gay and lesbian rights, including the right to marry.

Cutting a deal with the DUP, which won 10 seats, may not be straightforward.

In May's camp, recriminations were immediate and stinging.

"This is a very bad moment for the Conservative Party, and we need to take stock", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry said.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

Corbyn said the result means "politics has changed" and voters have rejected Conservative austerity. He ruled out the potential for deals or pacts with other progressive parties in Parliament.

Voter turnout in the election was up from 66 percent in 2015 to nearly 69 percent, and half a million more young people registered to vote than before the last election.

As she was resoundingly re-elected to her Maidenhead seat in southern England, May looked tense.

Tory heavyweights watching the results of the vote count over night at Carlton Club in London were calling for May's resignation, criticizing in strong words her decision to call snap election, and discussing the candidacies for a new party leader and prime minister.

The fast-moving events both flummoxed and fascinated voters.

Carwyn Jones, first minister in Wales, said "credit where credit is due" to Corbyn, saying he had galvanised the young vote in the UK.

He predicted another election, soon.

Corbyn was even praised by some members of the Conservative party, who said he had campaigned effectively and exposed Theresa May's flaws, such as her introversion and lack of comfort with crowds.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the early results showed May had lost her mandate and called for her to resign.

May wasn't the only big loser.

On the one hand, he gave the party 41 per cent of the vote - its highest figure since Tony Blair's 1997 landslide.

European leaders grappled with the question: what next?

The result shocked many in the United Kingdom, including the Prime Minister herself, who had gambled on a snap election rather than waiting until 2020.

"These are discussions that will be long and that will be complex. So let's not kid ourselves", he said on Europe 1 radio.

During the campaign, May vowed to build a "stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain", while Corbyn's signature campaign slogan was to govern "for the many, not the few".

Then, attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London twice brought the campaign to a halt, sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.

Last Saturday, three assailants mowed down pedestrians and launched a stabbing rampage around London Bridge, killing eight people before being shot dead by police.

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