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Theresa May, weakened after elections, remains as Britain's prime minister

Theresa May, weakened after elections, remains as Britain's prime minister”

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", she said, "and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons".

May, however, insisted her party was still in pole position to lead, despite falling short by eight seats, CNN reports.

Instead, she lost her overall majority in Parliament on Friday, less than two weeks before Brexit negotiations are to commence, in one of the most publicly painful election reverses since Winston Churchill lost in 1945, after winning the second world war for Britain.

After confirming yesterday that her top five ministers would keep their jobs, including finance minister Philip Hammond, May is expected to continue to appoint the government that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history.

The pro-European Liberal Democrats, who have campaigned for a second European Union referendum, were projected to increase their number of seats from nine, but their former leader Nick Clegg, who was also a deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015, lost his seat.

Without the 14 seats won by the Scottish Conservatives, Mrs May's party would have been languishing on just 305 seats.

Meanwhile the supposed loser, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, savored a surprisingly strong result and basked in the adulation of an energized, youthful base.

"She said, 'Give me a mandate.' And the answer was, 'No.' And that means we have to rethink everything, the entirety of the way we're doing Brexit", Dunt said. The UKIP, however, with a 2% vote share (down from 13% in 2015), finds itself collapsing into a black hole. With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261, with smaller parties taking the rest.

While Labour supporters claim victory with constituency gains across the United Kingdom, the pound has plummeted against the dollar and uncertainty looms ahead with the implications for Brexit negotiations unknown.

Her first negotiation, pre-Brexit, will be with a party she hardly knows that has said it will bargain hard for a good deal.

Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister". "I blame her party for destroying Britain by pushing for Brexit and austerity, two things that will ultimately be bad for my generation". The country needed "strong" and "stable" leadership, which could only be provided by her. Its cartoon depicted May in a coffin with her feet sticking out and a speech bubble saying "Nothing has changed", a line she repeated several times as she reversed a key policy on social care during the campaign.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the early results showed May had lost her mandate and called for her to resign. For a General Election ostensibly called because of Brexit, discussions were limited to which leader was trusted to deliver it, rather than what "it" would look like.



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