United Kingdom election puts Brexit talks in doubt

Pauline Gross
June 9, 2017

Her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn said she should step down.

The BBC reported, however, that May did not plan to resign. "And I think she came across in the campaign as not only as wooden and robotic but actually pretty insincere".

With 647 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 316 seats.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, one of May's closest allies, barely held onto her seat of Hastings and Rye, after a recount put her just over 300 votes ahead of the Labour candidate.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party's Headquarters after Britain's election in London June 9, 2017.

There is no official time limit to broker a deal and it took five days in 2010. "The Conservative party is on course to winning the most votes and it will be incumbent on us that we provide that period of stability", May said after she won her own seat in Maidenhead with 37,780 votes.

Corbyn's Labor Party trails with 250 seats or 38.5%.

Mr McDonnell said that if Mrs May persisted in her efforts to remain in power, Labour would table an alternative Queen's Speech and seek to put it to a vote.

Instead, she risked an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for nearly a century.

Her intention to stay on was confirmed as reports emerged that she could form a coalition with Northern Ireland's DUP to create a miniscule parliamentary majority.

Labour looks set to make gains of 33 seats with the Tories losing 15 - and the Scottish National Party (SNP) down by 22 seats in a bad night for Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, with her party losing seats to the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats who have won 12 seats, up four from their last election tally.

The hung parliament is likely to see the Brexit talks, which were due to start on 19 June, postponed.

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"I think we need a change". "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".

Theresa May's snap election has backfired with the Conservatives failing to secure a majority, and the election resulting in a hung parliament.

Anna Soubry, a former minister, said May needed to "consider her position". Only if a second confidence vote is lost is an early election held. At that point, polls predicted she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron.

A major force in the 2015 elections and a driver of last year's Brexit referendum result, UKIP was weakened by the departure of its media-savvy leader Nigel Farage, by internal rivalries and by May's pitch to its voters on Brexit negotiations.

Sterling fell by more than two cents against the US dollar, hitting an eight-week low of $1.2636, but by 0728 GMT it had recovered to $1.2710.

The Prime Minister called what she thought would be a Brexit-focused election, but the issue was quickly overshadowed by security as two deadly terror attacks, in Manchester and London, struck during the campaign period.

But her campaign unravelled after a policy u-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen.

But there is also a chance the United Kingdom could go back to polls later this year under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, if two- thirds of MPs vote for it and lose confidence in a government that is not strong enough.

After Thursday's vote, May's Conservative Party still has the largest number of lawmakers, but lacks a parliamentary majority.

With the smaller parties more closely aligned with Labour than with the Conservatives, the prospect of Corbyn becoming prime minister no longer seems fanciful.

Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, said Britain had seen an election "in which the personal authority of a party leader has disappeared in an unprecedented way".

Analysis suggested that Labour had benefited from a strong turnout among young voters. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the idea of a new independence referendum "is dead".

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Jeremy Corbyn: The anti-establishment underdog who has shaken British politics
As the results piled up, some form of minority or coalition government appeared increasingly likely. And as for Theresa May , her political future looks very uncertain.

Jeremy Corbyn: The anti-establishment underdog who has shaken British politics
As the results piled up, some form of minority or coalition government appeared increasingly likely. And as for Theresa May , her political future looks very uncertain.

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