May 'sorry' for election result which cost Tory seats
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:35
They have 10 seats in the Commons.
May's weakened position in the party ruled out big changes. Prime Minister John Major relied on support from the Ulster Unionist Party to shore up his tiny majority in 1992-1997. It is also not known if the other parties will be determined to obstruct her path, and come together to let Mr Corbyn - known to be on the left wing of Labour - lead a new government.
May shrugged off suggestions her days in Downing St. were numbered. On election night, Corbyn led one of the largest swings to Labour since World War II.
But rumors swirled of plots to oust May.
Ms May was attempting to move on from her botched election gamble, under intense pressure from members of her own cabinet and Tory backbenchers to dramatically improve her game. She argued that increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament would strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.
The results confounded those who said the opposition Labour Party's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic. "Whatever the results, the Conservative party will remain the party of stability".
She has fewer seats than she started with.
Of the agreement she said: "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". The party's leader, Arlene Foster, slammed Corbyn and said ahead of the election, "He hasn't condemned IRA for the violence they visited upon people in everyday lives".
He acknowledged that the government would now be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.
The "hung parliament" has some analysts speculating about a second general election, which would further destabilize upcoming Brexit negotiations that are expected to start on June 19.
As the dust settles, one issue will become the focus for investors: whether Britain is more or less likely to retain privileged access to the EU's single market.
Reports indicate she has struck a confidence and supply arrangement with the ideologically similar DUP.
May has announced that she will not be stepping down and will begin working to form a new coalition government. The leader of the DUP confirmed that talks are happening.
The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom in which same-sex marriage is illegal.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted Sunday that he had spoken with May "and indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put (the Good Friday Agreement) at risk".
The British government does not have long to ink a deal.
But her first hurdle is getting the Queen's Speech through the House in a few weeks. "Those who are not unsympathetic to the Labour Party have said he is not so bad after all". Thinking she could solidify her majority, she held a snap election this week-but the public that had voted for Brexit turned on her and took away the Conservatives' majority in Parliament.
"Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand [during] Brexit negotiations", she said last month. "This is still on".