British Prime Minister Theresa May's top aides resign after election fiasco

The Conservatives lost their House of Commons majority in Thursday's election and will not be able to govern without support from the DUP's 10 members of parliament.

After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May must name the rest of her team, who will take on one of the most demanding jobs in recent British history.

The historic English university town of Canterbury, a Conservative stronghold with a high proportion of young voters, has elected a Labour lawmaker for the first time since the constituency was formed a century ago. Where I frame it is, we want a tariff-free access to the European market, we also want to maintain a very important university and research collaboration in Europe, and there's a whole host of European agencies - Euratom, security, environment - in which we wish to be part of.

May has said Brexit talks will begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

"I am backing Theresa May".

The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit. She confirmed this to German leader Angela Merkel in a phone call on Saturday.

Labour had been expected to sustain heavy losses but the results vindicated Mr Corbyn's heavily maligned leadership after the party put in its best performance in years, winning a total of 262 seats.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the country as her husband looks on after Britain's election at Downing Street in London.

Trump offered his warm support to May over the just- concluded parliamentary election, it said.

Another former Labour Northern Ireland secretary, ex-Neath MP Peter Hain, said he also had great concerns over the impact any Conservative-DUP pact could have.

But there is no guarantee that the DUP will support Tories on other issues - meaning laws and bills that would have been pushed through in the event of a Conservative majority may be turned down.

Less than a year after May was propelled into Downing Street following Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union, party insiders were placing bets on how long she could last.

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial. However, he said changes would be made, referring to the resignations of May's joint chiefs of staff, and that a "more collective approach" had been agreed with cabinet ministers.

May's party won 318 seats, 12 fewer than it had before the snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

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