UK exit poll: Conservatives may fall short of majority

Ruben Ruiz
June 9, 2017

While Ms Abbott tweeted that she was still standing for a seat and would "rejoin the fray soon" the move allowed the Government to paint Labour as indecisive and disorganised in the fight against terrorism.

"Labour wants a jobs-first Brexit", Corbyn said, according to The Independent UK.

Former party leader Mr Farage insisted that Ukip could benefit if - as an exit poll predicted - the country faces a hung parliament. Many now regard him as a cynical power-grabber without much regard for the people he claims to represent.

A raft of analysts predicted more falls for the pound if the results were confirmed.

"I can only build that better country and get the right deal in Brussels with the support of the British people", she said.

"Wouldn't it be great if on Friday we woke up to... a Labour government that will be a government for all of our communities across the whole of the country", he said.

Across the developed world there has generally been a fragmentation of politics in recent years, especially in Europe after the financial crisis, with lots of populist movements forming and taking votes away from the establishment.

Former chancellor George Osborne, sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May when she took office last July, told ITV: "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". Having stood on many a doorstep over the past few months campaigning for Labour across the country, I must admit I was anxious that maybe May was right. One mess risks following another. Despite the focus on the party leaders, voters are not directly choosing their prime minister, only their local MP.

The exit polls could of course be wrong and have a margin of error, but the results reflect a huge swing from predictions at the start of the campaign, when Theresa May's conservatives were expected to increase their number of seats.

A hung parliament would weaken May's position ahead of the Brexit talks and would be seen in European Union capitals as a sign of her domestic weakness. Even a slim Tory majority is unlikely to be convincing enough to suggest that Theresa May's election gamble has paid off.

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Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an event in Runcorn, England, Wednesday June 7, 2017, ahead of the general election on Thursday.

Leaving the European Union single market would give Britain the opportunity to strike its own trade deals outside the bloc.

The Conservatives now have a majority of just 17 seats, won by May´s predecessor David Cameron in the 2015 general election, and some early forecasts had predicted a triple-digit majority.

In domestic policy, Labour proposes raising taxes for the richest 5 percent of Britons, scrapping university tuition fees, investing 250 billion pounds ($315 billion) in infrastructure plans and re-nationalising the railways and postal service.

The exit poll indicated the Tories would secure 314 seats - 12 seats short of the 326 needed for a majority. That was in part because votes that had previously gone to UKIP were splitting evenly between the two major parties instead of going overwhelmingly to the Conservatives as pundits had expected.

"They are fundamentally anti-establishment in their attitudes and the vicar´s daughter (May) is very pro-establishment".

May, by contrast, was accused of running a lackluster campaign and appearing awkward in interviews, repeatedly trying to make the election about the strong leadership she could provide, without wanting to be drawn into specifics about her Brexit plan.

In 2015, they significantly underestimated the Tory tally, putting David Cameron's party on 316 when it finally emerged with 331. However, Labour might be able to form a government with backing from smaller left-wing parties.

The campaign had played out differently in Scotland than elsewhere, with the SNP's drive for a second independence referendum the main faultline.

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