What a hung Parliament means for Britain
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 21:14
Her Conservatives offered a "strong and stable" government.
The Tory veteran has said she has no intention of standing down and has been informally backed by the DUP.
She later conceded it wasn't the hoped for result, however, adding: "I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".
The final result was announced nearly 24 hours after polls closed.
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Speaking outside No. 10 Downing St., May scarcely acknowledged the election's disastrous outcome, promising to form "a government that can provide certainty".
European Union leaders expressed fears that Mrs May's shock loss of her majority would delay the Brexit talks, due to begin on June 19, and so raise the risk of negotiations failing. Former Conservative cabinet minister Owen Paterson, asked about her future, said: "Let's see how it pans out". At the time of writing, it appears that the Conservatives have struck a non-formal deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (the largest Northern Irish party, which supports Brexit) to allow Theresa May to continue as prime minister in a minority government.
This is greatly because May, who was in favour of a hard Brexit may require to team up with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to reach the magic number to form the government. A deal with the DUP and their 10 lawmakers would give her a workable majority. The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives.
May's snap election call was the second time that a Conservative gamble on the issue of Britain's relations with Europe backfired. The British public saw through her hubris.
Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said it is not even clear whether May will now lead those negotiations. So did the decision by her predecessor, David Cameron, to call the referendum on European Union membership in the first place.
They said it was clear the humiliated Tory leader had lost any majority for a "hard" Brexit - or clean break from the European Union bloc without a deal - in the Commons.
In the Conservative Party, recriminations were immediate and stinging. The result was seen as so unsatisfactory by so many, that mawkish "remainers" have restlessly campaigned for a rerun ever since.
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"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.
But they said it could force them to water down demands on immigration and stay under the European Court of Justice's jurisdiction. He tweeted that an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper headlined "Boris set to launch bid to be PM as May clings on" was "tripe".
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May told voters that she wanted to start negotiating a trade deal immediately - something categorically ruled out by the 27 countries on the other side of the table. "This was the first time I voted".
At the start of the election campaign, opinion polls predicted May would win easily against Corbyn. They sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.
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Writing in The Guardian, Simon Jenkins suggests that the nearly complete collapse of the Ukip vote and the "probable increase in emboldened Remain MPs" would largely undermine May's stance on Hard Brexit.
For many British voters, the feeling after the country's third major vote in as many years was weariness.
John Curtice, who oversees the exit poll for a consortium of broadcasters, said Friday that the Conservatives' final tally might be a bit higher than 314, but it was extremely unlikely they would get a majority.