Theresa May to 'reflect' after losing majority in Parliament

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May a year ago - called her a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country? securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34.

On Thursday night, the Conservative Party lost their majority in a stunning upset that is being attributed to political activism spurred by the Brexit horror, and a voter turnout that increased by 5% since the previous election, according to the Independent.

"She's staying, for now", the source said. The time seemed right to seek her own mandate from the British people. Further announcements were expected on Saturday.

Guardian readers who have stuck by Jeremy Corbyn since his leadership win in 2015 are ecstatic at the general election result. The party had previously confirmed they were prepared to form a coalition government, as the Independent reports.

Speaking Friday, leader Arlene Foster said the DUP would enter into discussions with the Prime Minister to "bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge". But the promise was also included in the previous two Conservative manifestos without making it into the Queen's Speech.

"What we know now is that [May] offers precisely nothing as a leader, either to the Tories or the country". He said that he didn't believe they would. May had called the election to build upon her majority; instead, the party lost it. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as a result of 'no negotiations, '" he said. The EU needs a strong negotiating partner with a clear program.

But there was little sympathy from some other Europeans. The result ended his career and shocked Europe.

The Labour MP said he recognised the party ran an "effective campaign" but a Conservative was still in No 10. Pollard accuses May of gambling the country's future on the hopes of strengthening her own position. Other Conservatives have emphasised the importance of migration controls, something the European Union says is incompatible with open trade. May will likely have to make compromises to win the DUP's backing.

Labour secured 262 seats in the election and boosted its vote share to 40%. The early election was meant to strengthen the British Conservative Party's hand in the lead-up to Brexit negotiations, but it has backfired spectacularly.

While Mrs May said her top ministers would remain in post, she hinted her two close aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - blamed by many Tory MPs for the party's disastrous campaign - could face the chop.

That did not help May, who had overseen cuts in police numbers during six years in her previous job as interior minister.

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  • Zachary Reyes