Wounded May soldiers on as election shock complicates Brexit

Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.

As for the Prime Minister.

But he has responded in typically colourful fashion, tweeting: "Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa may".

If these numbers are correct, Theresa May played a high-risk political game and has lost it - she didn't have to call this election, and only did so in order to give herself a mandate and breathing space during the bumpy ride of Brexit.

The British Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, is set to gain seats following the British election, according to exit polls.

"It is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that", she said.

Senator Dastyari said the lessons he took from the result was "everyone hates the political establishment and you can't be anti-establishment enough", a need for strong grassroots campaigning and authenticity.

MALCOLM BRABANT: At Westminster, a demonstrator wearing a May mask laid flowers on a mock grave, amid rising calls for the prime minister to resign.

Mr Giles wasn't the only left-wing Labor MP to praise Mr Corbyn's performance - Doug Cameron also highlighted his "progressive policies, a focus on tackling inequality and a commitment to fairness" in his message, while others co-oped the "for the many, not the few" slogan. Their core, central message was strong and stable leadership.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Corbyn's success came in part from cooperating with the grassroots campaign normalization momentum, which took advice from Bernie Sanders' volunteers.

MALCOLM BRABANT: But May's opponents aren't the only ones questioning her role.

That calculation backfired spectacularly on Thursday as voters stripped the Conservatives of their parliamentary majority.

If she is to succeed in delivering the end of Britain's European Union membership which 52 percent of the British public demanded a year ago, she must find a way to recapture the full support of her party because she will need their votes to pass legislation preparing for and ultimately enacting the departure.

MALCOLM BRABANT: Will Conservatives go as far as removing May from power? He's a professor of political science at Cardiff University in Wales.

Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party.

MALCOLM BRABANT: May has been criticized for running a lackluster campaign.

In Scotland, Ms Dugdale was delighted to return seven MPs in an election that many had thought would end up in Labour being wiped out north of the Border.

However, Jeremy Corbyn proved to be a much more effective figure on the campaign trail than many people expected, and when we had the terrorist attacks in recent weeks, proved extremely effective at combating the right's normal strength on security issues.

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

The London Evening Standard, edited by former finance minister George Osborne who was sacked by May, splashed with a photo of her under the headline "Queen of Denial".

MALCOLM BRABANT: John Springford is director of research at the Center for European Reform.

Mrs May said that despite having lost their majority in the Commons, only the Conservatives had the "legitimacy" to form a Government. And so the European Union then has an bad lot of power towards the end of the negotiating process.

That result has obliged a thrashed Tory party, now without an overall majority, to form a working relationship - effectively an alliance - with the Democratic Unionist Party or DUP. The pro-Brexit Gove was appointed Environment Secretary. Except that she had not been honest about a snap election until the very last possible moment.

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