What might it cost UK's Theresa May to remain in power?

Elias Hubbard
June 10, 2017

The exit poll predicted the Conservatives would win 314 seats and the Labour Party 266, meaning no clear victor and a "hung parliament".

After noon, May was driven from her official Downing Street residence to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.

As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic and Unionist Party in particular.

The two top aides to British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned Saturday, shouldering some of the blame for an election that proved a disaster for the Conservative Party, a headache for Britain's exit from the European Union and potentially a fatal blow to May's premiership. Corbyn, too, will name a new shadow cabinet - perhaps with more senior Labour Party figures who refused to serve under him before.

"We will fulfil the promise of Brexit together and over the next five years build a country in which no one, and no community, is left behind", May said.

The exit poll is predicting the Conservatives will win 314 seats in the 650-member parliament and the leftist opposition Labour Party 266 creating a hung parliament with no clear victor.

May's logic is not clear yet but political commentators speculate that it is because of the social conservatism of the DUP. DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed plans to hold talks with the Conservatives to discuss a way "to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".

The country is now rudderless, just days before formal negotiations begin on June 19 to finalise Britain's divorce from the European Union. And at the end of the day, young people who most people assumed wouldn't turn out to vote, as they don't usually in this country, turned out en masse.

Britain's Conservatives have lost their majority in the general elections that has resulted in a hung parliament.

Labour under him polled 40 per cent of the vote, the highest for the party since 1970, and only slightly behind Ms May's Tories.

She acknowledged her sadness at the loss of her majority in the general election in a statement to broadcasters on Friday.

Ahead of Mrs May's shock announcement to stay on, the Labour Party had said it was ready to form a coalition government, with Mr Corbyn announcing: "We are ready to serve". "We need a government that can act", said Oettinger.

British voters dealt May a devastating blow in the snap election, called to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, wiping out her parliamentary majority and throwing the country into political turmoil.

"If there is a message from tonight's result, it is this: The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate". The Scottish National Party is in third with 35, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 12. "That's not a matter for me", she said.

Her opponents also took issue with her refusal to take part in a televised debate with other party leaders.

Even though the gap between the Conservatives and Labour narrowed during the campaign, polls had generally predicted that the Conservatives would win a majority of votes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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