What Exactly Is A Hung Parliament?

The day after the British elections, NPR.org showed considerably more interest in a candidate who ran dressed as a "space lord" than in the leader of the Labour Party. "The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate".

Downing Street said Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon would remain in post. She made no comment on her own position in the wake of a politically devastating result for her leadership.

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

"Now, of course, if she's [May] got to be constantly making deals throughout this parliament, or indeed if she falls and there's a lot of negotiations or a lot of discussion as to whether she'll be leading this Conservative minority government".

After visiting Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, a part of electoral procedure, May announced she would try to form a minority government supported by the Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP, from Northern Ireland.

The prime minister maintained that the Brexit talks would begin as planned next week, but with her party's loss of 13 seats and its parliamentary majority, May will rely on the support of the DUP vote by vote.

She had spent the campaign denouncing Mr Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain.

Questions should be asked about how the party can win a majority, he added.

May is seeking to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party's 10 MPs to win key votes in parliament.

Britain's typically right-wing press savaged May over the election outcome, questioning whether she will be able to remain in power after a result that leaves her reliant on uniting rival factions within her party to deliver Brexit. It was marked by a proposal to force elderly people to pay more for their care and her decision to skip a televised debate. She doesn't usually say no, although there have been crises in Canada and Australia where her representatives did. As results trickled in, early victories for Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership hinted at a tough ride for the Conservative Party.

So in the UK, Theresa May took her Conservative party into a snap election thinking that the opposition Labour party was in tatters, and she won the most seats.

But the confusion reinforced a sense of chaos at the heart of government just days before Britain starts the complex and fraught negotiations on leaving the European Union.

"Although I'm in my final year, I think it's important for education to be more accessible to people who may not have the financial support to go to university".

"We will be anxious to ensure that whatever the result of these negotiations is doesn't in any way adversely impact on our unique circumstances here in Ireland, with particular reference to our peace process", he told ITV.

A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Hill, a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of the government. But the party still won the largest number of seats and votes - with 318 seats and 12,667,213 votes (42.8% of the overall vote).

Kai Ryssdal: I think we ought to start probably, with a definition of terms here, as to what happens now with Brexit.

May has said she favors a "hard" Brexit. Theresa May is a woman who is not averse to flying by the seat of her expensive leather trousers.

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