May's United Kingdom early election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Friday to form a government and carry on separating the United Kingdom from Europe despite her party losing its majority in Parliament in Thursday's snap election. The prime minister doesn't plan to resign, despite pressure for her to do so.

While the to-and-fro between Downing Street and the DUP was unfolding, several British newspapers were reporting that some prominent Conservatives, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis, were being urged by supporters to challenge May for the party leadership. Instead of accepting defeat, however, May claims that she will continue to push for Brexit negotiations. The opposition Labour Party got 261 seats, followed by the Scottish National Party with 35 and the Liberal Democrats with 12 seats.

A few minutes later, Theresa May delivered her own speech in which she said that Conservatives remain the largest party with majority votes saying, "it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability, and that is what we will do" as "the country needs a period of stability".

Conservative MP Nigel Evans told CNN his party shot itself "in the head" with an "irrelevant" manifesto, which was peppered with "arsenic". Relying on Democratic Unionist support is therefore likely to mean that May will have to go for a softer Brexit, retaining closer links with Europe.

Mrs. May wants to remain in office for the next five years, but most analysts agree that the Conservative establishment will terminate her premiership when the time is right and they will select another candidate to lead them into the next general election - Judy.

MALCOLM BRABANT: May had hoped the snap election would boost Conservative dominance in Parliament, and give her a stronger hand in negotiating Britain's exit with the European Union. Labour is predicted to win 260 seats.

The shock result throws British politics into chaos and could send Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union (EU)-due to start June 19-into disarray. There is a possibility that a progressive alliance may have as many seats as the Conservatives.

This sort of thing will be par for the course in a country like India in a situation of "hung" Parliament when the ruling party did not win outright, but seems unusual for Britain.

The former shadow chancellor labelled it an "OK result" after Mr Corbyn's party secured a higher-than-expected 262 seats and significantly boosted its vote share.

That said, Theresa May is consulting with senior party colleagues about forming a minority government, media reports said Friday.

"The new Cabinet obviously will meet early next week, our view of Brexit I don't think has changed", Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC, adding that he believed the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans.

The Conservative leader has been warned her days are numbered after calling Thursday's vote three years early, only to lose her majority in parliament.

Following talks between Mrs May and the DUP on Saturday night, a second statement confirmed that no final deal had been reached.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

  • Zachary Reyes