Exit poll shows conservatives May fall short

Elias Hubbard
June 9, 2017

Labour Party candidate Jeremy Corbyn accidentally slapped a Shadow Defense Secretary in the chest instead of high-fiving her in a clip that went viral Thursday night. Though the biggest single victor, they failed to reach the 326-mark they would need to command a parliamentary majority. Labour has won 261 seats, and the DUP 10.

The official start of Brexit negotiations are due to begin on June 19.

Such division in Parliament would "risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country", she said. Other parties were projected to win 18 seats.

After winning his own seat in north London, Corbyn said May's attempt to win a bigger mandate had backfired. But she has lost support and confidence.

Speaking after a successful election for Labour which saw Prime Minister Theresa May lose her majority in the House of Commons, Corbyn said people have had enough of austerity politics and cuts in public expenditures.

Given that Britain has already triggered the formal divorce talks, it is unclear what mechanism could be used to delay the negotiations. As I might have mentioned before around here, "hard Brexit" is as hard as its name suggests (if not more so), not something easy to work through with a large majority and even more difficult with a small one, let alone as a minority government.

"With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides". "The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate and the mandate is that she has lost seats", he said in his victory speech, claiming on Twitter earlier that the Labour party had "changed the face of British politics".

May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, even though no vote was due until 2020.

Her opinion poll lead narrowed sharply, although the consensus before the exit poll remained that she would win a majority.

"Whatever happens, Theresa May is toast", said Nigel Farage, former leader of the anti-EU party UKIP. She championed "strong and stable government".

By contrast, Labour's Corbyn, a veteran socialist who had initially been written off as a no-hoper, was widely deemed to have run a strong, policy-rich campaign that enthused many followers.

He gained ground when she seemed to suggest what was quickly called a "dementia tax" that could cause the elderly to have to sell their homes to pay for nursing care, and in the final days repeatedly hammered May for cutting 20,000 police officers during her tenure as interior minister - an assertion that carried weight as major terrorist attacks hit Manchester and London. In practice, the threshold for a majority is around 323, because the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party takes up no seats that it wins in Northern Ireland.

Britain's Labour Party is ready to form a minority government if it is confirmed that no party has won an absolute majority in national election, according to the Labour Foreign Secretary.

Voters may have been unimpressed with her refrain that "no deal is better than a bad deal" because it raised the prospect of Britain crashing out of the EU bloc without a trade and immigration system to replace the existing, well-integrated procedures that have evolved over decades of European integration. Who forms the government?

Liberal Democrats were celebrating the return of former ministers Sir Vince Cable, Sir Ed Davey and Jo Swinson two years after they lost their parliamentary seats.

Economists expect a Labour-led government to substantially increase bond issuance, with the effect of increasing borrowing costs over the long term.

The pound weakened on Friday in Asia in volatile trade on the ebb and flow of actual results and an exit poll suggested a hung parliament in the United Kingdom after Thursday's election, with regional indexes mostly higher.

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