After shock result May pushes Brexit hand
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 21:36
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. May said she was in talks with the Democratic Unionists - a socially conservative, pro-British Protestant party in Northern Ireland - on an agreement to "work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom".
European Union officials and leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel, had grown impatient with the U.K.as it prepared to begin formal talks to exit from the trading bloc almost a year after the country's citizens voted to abandon its membership.
Her remarks made clear that she is planning to form a minority government with backing from the DUP - rather than entering a formal coalition with the party.
Ruth Davidson, leader of Conservatives in Scotland, where the party did well, said the results showed the Conservatives should prioritise good trade relations with the EU.
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". However, no party received the absolute majority of seats in parliament and the election has resulted in a hung parliament.
Some youths may also have taken revenge on their parents and grandparents for supporting Brexit - support for leaving the European Union was much higher among older generations in the referendum a year ago on whether Britain should leave the EU.
The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, complained that "we still don't know the British position in the negotiations on Brexit". "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'".
Corbyn's successful election across the Atlantic has stirred yet more conversation on social media about whether Sanders could have won the presidency, if he'd somehow managed to defeat Hillary Clinton in the primaries. Nor did her appeals to fear and willingness to "throw out" human rights in the face of terror do much to help her cause. "Whoever takes over has to understand campaigning is important", he told AFP in London.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she will lead a minority government backed by a small Northern Irish party after Thursday's stunning election defeat that cost her Conservative Party its majority. May had hoped that the polls would give her an enhanced mandate and strengthen her hand at forthcoming Brexit negotiations. "Just look across the channel at Britain".
In a night that redrew the political landscape once again, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) lost millions of voters, triggering the resignation of leader Paul Nuttall.
After Thursday's vote, May's Conservatives still have the largest number of MPs, but lack a parliamentary majority. They will be even more furious when the Brexit-related economic contractions begin. This would mean Britain's immediate and total withdrawal from the single market.
Seeking to capitalise on sky-high popularity ratings, she called the election a few weeks later, urging voters to give her a stronger mandate. Nobody saw a hung parliament coming with Labour gaining seats and the Conservatives losing them.
Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, stunned diplomats past year when he was appointed Britain's foreign affairs chief.
Barely a month ago, the centre-left party seemed doomed to lose the election, plagued by internal divisions over its direction under veteran socialist Corbyn. When voters stunned him and Europe by voting to leave, he resigned, leaving May to deal with the mess. In the final days Corbyn hammered May for cutting 20,000 police officers - an assertion that carried weight as major terrorist attacks hit Manchester and London. And at the end of the day, young people who most people assumed wouldn't turn out to vote, as they don't usually in this country, turned out en masse.