Theresa May to 'reflect' after disastrous election result

She said Friday in a speech outside her Downing Street residence she'll rely on the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party for a parliamentary majority to ensure she can continue in government.

That's odd, because surely one of the most noteworthy aspects of the election was the surprisingly strong showing of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour have won 261 seats, gaining 36, losing 5, giving them an overall increase of 31. She said the two parties will remain committed to Brexit and securing a new partnership with the EU.

"It is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that", she said. The prime minister said she meant to form a government with the Democratic Unionists to form a government that would "provide certainty" and "lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", according to the BBC. She claims that this government will get the country through the Brexit talks and will lead Britain forward. "The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate". However, earlier in the day, Barnier wrote on Twitter that Brexit negotiations should begin when the United Kingdom is "ready", since the election had thrown May's majority into disarray. Most obviously, if no government is formed by the scheduled start of talks, there will be no government leader to negotiate with.

The election results create uncertainty surrounding the negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union.

Early polls showed May's party with a comfortable lead, but the gap closed during the seven-week campaign. Prime Minister Theresa May had called for this snap election back in April, hoping to get a stronger majority of Conservative lawmakers.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to be a "bloody hard woman" during her country's upcoming divorce negotiations with the European Union, has been ruthlessly reminded that British voters can be bloody hard as well.

Around 12:30 pm local time May was heading to Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth to ask for permission to form a government. The Scottish National Party, which lost 21 of its 56 Westminster seats, also saw its vote share in Scotland plummet dramatically-from 50 to 36.9 percent. But Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister has lost out. "And our leader needs to take stock as well". "I think that's enough for her to go, actually". "I would have ruled out a second referendum a few days ago, but I am now not sure that we can rule that out now" Bale tells TIME.

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