United Kingdom election shock could delay and soften Brexit

"I don't think it has really been a campaign, we don't know anything about what they are going to do about Brexit, it's been pointless really", said Joe Kerney, 53, at a polling station in Hackney, east London. The British parliamentary term for such an outcome is called a "hung parliament".

Having called an early election in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her hand in Britain's exit talks with the EU, May instead saw her majority evaporate completely - leaving her fortunes hanging by a thread and dark clouds over the Brexit negotiations just 10 days before they are due to start.

Thursday's vote produced what's known in the United Kingdom as "hung parliament", forcing May to seek a minority partner.

May is expected to pursue a 'hard Brexit', meaning the United Kingdom would give up access to the single market to retain total control over its borders.

'We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular, ' she said.

But he also set out his concerns about the way the campaign was managed, in comments viewed as a swipe at election guru Lynton Crosby.

This is likely to pose an obstacle to the types of strict border controls advocated by sections of the Conservative party. And it throws into question the government's negotiating strategy, and objectives, for the Brexit negotiations with the European Union, which are slated to start on June 19.

Upheaval for ruling Conservative Party? May portrayed herself as the "strong and stable" leader who could get the best Brexit deal for Britain and she dismissed Mr. Corbyn as an inexperienced radical.

On the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence, Ms.

Corbyn's Labour party told the BBC this morning that it was ready to form a minority government in the House of Commons.

May may yet face a leadership challenge. "Seen from a very Darwinian point of view, great things happen in hard environments", said Chris McCullough, CEO and co-founder at RotaGeek, the staff scheduling platform.

The announcement came just moments after May travelled to Buckingham Palace, where she asked the Queen for permission to form a government.

"Indy Ref 2 is dead in Scotland", said Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, using a short form for a second independence referendum.

"A working government is needed as soon as possible to avoid a further drop in the pound", said ING currency strategist Viraj Patel in London.

"Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated", tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian premier who is the European Parliament's point man for the Brexit process.

Answer: It's an unusual situation in which no political party wins more than half of the 650 seats in the House of Commons. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats gained three more seats, bringing its total to 12.

Once again, voters succeeding in confounding expectations, delivering surprise victories and resounding losses.

Mr Corbyn had to survive a leadership contest, a coup attempt and a flurry of shadow cabinet resignations past year as Labour rebels schemed to topple him. Hix said. "She's more socially conservative than most Conservative MPs, more economically left wing than most Conservative MPs".

The result represents "an natural disaster in Labour politics", political analyst Robin Oakley told CNN.

May had called the snap vote in a bid to boost her party's hold over Westminster and give her a stronger hand in talks with European Union leaders over the country's detachment from the bloc. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.

While unpopular with the mainstream press, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has a large, enthusiastic following among young voters with his promises to boost spending for schools and public health, raise taxes on the wealthy and tackle growing inequality.

  • Zachary Reyes