Britain voted against May's majority in Parliament - but what about Brexit?

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

By Thursday night, the exit polls showed that the ruling Conservative Party will get the most votes, but not enough to allow it to govern without adding at least one coalition partner.

"As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said on Friday in a televised statement.

10, Downing Street - the home of the British Prime Minister - will continue to house Theresa May, for now. She reappointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Chancellor Philip Hammond and other top ministers - several of whom are potential plotters, and would-be replacements if she's deposed. This is disappointing for Prime Minister Theresa May, who chose to call an early election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union on Brexit.

"Five years of Conservative government, I just can't, I'm afraid, be a cheerleader for that particular outcome because this was an open goal for all of us".

The Conservatives and the DUP, a socially conservative party that backed Brexit, are expected to work together on a vote-by-vote basis rather than enter a formal alliance. The support obtained by Labor party members contrasted with the negative predictions of hardly two months ago, when they were 20 percentage points below the conservatives in terms of intention to vote.

European Council President Donald Tusk warned there was "no time to lose" in starting the negotiations, with the two-year countdown to Britain s exit from the European bloc already well underway.

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Granted, the Tories still have the most seats, but in the United Kingdom that doesn't mean much without actually reaching a majority. Well, May is going to attempt to form an agreement with the 10 MPs that were elected from the Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP.

She also promised there would be no delays in negotiations with the European Union, which are scheduled to begin June 19.

That being said, it's important to ask what exactly we mean by a "bad deal"?

George Osborne, the former finance minister who stepped down at the election, told ITV that the results were "catastrophic" for his party. So it's perhaps premature for Chinese businesses to worry about Brexit negotiations. The UK Independence Party failed to gain a single seat, remaining with no representation in Parliament and prompting UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to resign Friday morning. While the Conservatives are still the largest party in Parliament, they did not win enough seats for an outright majority, leading to a hung parliament. "What the country needs more than ever is certainty", she said, justifying why the Conservatives, alongside the DUP, were the right party to lead the country.

But the Labour MP told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We haven't won that election".

The constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South in north-east England which had maintained its lead as the first to declare since the 1990s lost out as it declared a few minutes later at 2305 local time, also in favour of the Labour party.

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