UK leader Theresa May seen fighting for survival after election failure
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 17:59
British voters failed to deliver a widely expected parliamentary majority for the Conservative party in Thursday's general election, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May just days ahead of hard Brexit talks with the EU.
May won her Maidenhead seat in south-east England with 37,780 votes, nonetheless May faced pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority she had before the election. A surprise resurgence by the Labour Party gave the main opposition party 261 seats, followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34.
The shock defeat for Conservatives - despited pre-poll projections of a comfortable majority - is seen by the British media as a "humiliation" for May to continue in her position.
If the exit poll is correct, Labour, led by veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn, could attempt to form a government with those smaller parties, which strongly oppose most of May's policies on domestic issues such as public spending cuts.
The rattled PM said she will form a minority with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party despite calls to stand down.
"That's why at this critical time for our country, it's important to form a Government in the national interest".
The pound fell sharply after Britain's election saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament, raising questions about the next government's ability to lead the talks to leave the European Union.
This comes following reports earlier today that May had "no intention of resigning", despite the United Kingdom general election ending in a hung parliament. The political, economic and institutional uncertainty stemming from the June 2016 Brexit referendum and the upcoming U.K. -EU negotiations is reflected in the firm's Negative Outlook on the nation's AA sovereign rating. She said it would help her in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union.
Instead, her election gamble has failed and she and her Conservative party have been weakened, with many today questioning May's future as prime minister.
With all but one of the seats declared, the Conservatives, or "Tories", had taken 318 seats, which means voters have elected their second hung parliament in less than a decade. Did you disgrace your political party and yourself in a snap election that you yourself made a decision to call? But the discussion on Twitter, as well as the parallels to what the Labour Party did overseas, could eventually mean something for a Democratic Party that's still doing some soul-searching in the early days of the Trump administration.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she would insist on gay and lesbian rights, including the right to marry.
Corbyn accused the Conservatives of undermining Britain's security by cutting the number of police on the streets.