Theresa May pressured to resign after British election disaster

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday visited Queen Elizabeth II to obtain permission to form a minority government with the DUP's support after her Conservative Party lost her parliamentary majority in the general election.

The website of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which was founded by a Protestant preacher-politician four-and-a-half decades ago, crashed as people worldwide began to surf the internet to find out about the party which is now set to hold the balance of power in the British government. One regional election is still not final.

Speaking on BBC's Question Time, Ms Chakrabarti faced an angry backlash from the audience after she suggested Labour were the winners of the election.

Labour's Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror newspaper he saw a route to power himself, although it was not clear how he would command the support of a majority of members of parliament.

The development is an embarrassing turn for the British Prime Minister, who called the vote three years earlier than required, in a bid to give her a strong position in Brexit negotiations.

May put on a fearless face after Thursday's vote, expressing sorrow for the MPs who lost their seats but refusing to acknowledge how her election gamble backfired.

See, I told you this election would be interesting.

Bloodied by an election gamble that backfired and triggered calls for her resignation, May on Friday stood by her vow to form Britain's next government and lead the country out of the European Union.

"Hard Brexit went in the rubbish bin tonight", said former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, as Paul Nuttall, outgoing head of the anti-E.U.

However, the Conservative Party were only 287 votes from forming a majority government and could have done so by winning four seats.

The UK uses the first-past-the-post voting system, where the candidate with the most votes in an electorate wins a seat in Parliament for his or her party. She said it would help her in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union.

Reuters reports that Gunther H. Oettinger, a European Commission budget and human resources commissioner, expressed doubt about the talks starting as planned.

"He is right constitutionally to say that if she is unable to form a government, it is his duty as leader of the opposition to attempt to form an alternative government", Ms Chakrabarti added. May emphasized toughness on terrorism, especially after recent attacks in Manchester and London, but proved to be an uninspiring campaigner who refused to take part in televised debates with her opponents. "We have less than two years to negotiate the we should not waste any time now". The EU does not want to delay Brexit. All of this will certainly make Brexit negotiations more complex.

When it came down to the actual vote, May's Conservative Party ended up losing its majority in Parliament.

Now the Scottish Conservatives and the DUP are urging her to consider trying for a softer Brexit. "I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as prime minister - and do it brilliantly".

  • Leroy Wright