Theresa May faces ousting after United Kingdom election shock

Elias Hubbard
June 11, 2017

"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV.

Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos Mori, said that while Corbyn was demonized for his socialist views in the conservative media, he was trending on Facebook.

Remain Tories worry that Boris Johnson will intensify any Brexit backlash, while Amber Rudd only just managed to hold her own seat, and being Prime Minister while representing an ultra-marginal constituency would be extremely hard.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted that "negotiations should start when ready".

As a result, the public got to know him and grew to like him, she said.

Most analysts doubt the Tory-DUP alliance will last long and many say Ms. The puzzling vow that "Brexit means Brexit" made her prime minister.

Now, the plan has backfired, and May's party is weaker in Parliament, needing the votes of a small Northern Irish party to push through its agenda, and the government will be weaker in the Brexit negotiations.

"At any point a tiny number of either Conservatives or Democratic Unionist MPs could say "we won't put up with this" on anything that happens", said Tony Travers, a professor of government at the London School of Economics. However, no party received the absolute majority of seats in parliament and the election has resulted in a hung parliament.

Still, rather than resign, May clung to the hope that her Conservatives might still be able to govern by making deals with another party or group of parties. May but won't accept her Brexit terms.

We want to hear from you. But since his party, and most of his backers, strongly favor British membership in the European Union, he fudged the issue during last year's referendum campaign. The border was eliminated as part of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended the Troubles. It's hard to imagine a group more likely to unnecessarily antagonize those they are supposed to be dealing with. In one sense the British people have dealt themselves a hard hand politically, for they now have to live with the prospect of continuing uncertainty on the direction that their country will take with regard to Brexit and also other domestic concerns. Young people, growing up in such tough times, will not be ignored again in elections if they continue to turn up and vote. May has lost all credibility on Brexit.

"I think the Conservative party as a whole is reluctant to get rid of Theresa May now because it would mean a leadership election, it would mean stalling on Brexit talks", Menon said. "The task of restoring orderly government in order to make sense of Brexit is now a national emergency, and it falls to them". The BBC reports that the Tories lost 12, while Labour-the party of Corbyn-gained 29. His pitch on Brexit as well as his call to tax the rich, provide free university tuition for students and nationalize key services such as railways resonated across the country, particularly with younger people. It was not distracted by two ISIS-inspired terror attacks during the closing stages of the campaign.

The other caveat about election campaigns is that they do help the profile of under-exposed leaders.

Some business groups welcomed the election result, saying the move away from Ms. Her predecessor, David Cameron, first asked British voters to decide in 2016 whether to leave the European Union or stay in, triggering the divorce that will leave the bloc with 27 members when Britain leaves in 2019. "This is the first time since the [EU] referendum for us to have a much better relationship with Europe".

The UK election result is the biggest upset of conventional wisdom since, well, last November. They said it could harm the Brexit talks, which are to begin in 10 days. Those costs could run as high as €100-billion, or $150-billion. But the uncertain outcome is more evidence that after the populist surges that produced Brexit and President Donald Trump - and the centrist fightbacks led by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron - politics remains volatile and unpredictable.

"We're in another mess again, and probably we're going to have to have another election, and it's all such a waste of time at the end of the day", said 85-year-old Londoner Patricia Nastri. "I would think that's enough to go, actually".

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