Prime Minister Theresa May vows to stay after Conservatives lose majority

Candice Alexander
June 14, 2017

People living in Britain are waking up to uncertainty as Prime Minister Theresa May ignored calls to stand down after the ruling Conservative Party lost an overall majority in parliament in a general election on Thursday.

Corbyn, beaming with hope, claimed on Twitter that the Labour party had "changed the face of British politics".

The objective of calling elections, having assured that there would be no election before the schedule one in 2020, after she took over as the party leader past year, Theresa May had hoped to strengthen her party's grip on power to be able to successfully negotiate Britain's exit from the EU.

"We have made good progress but the discussions continue", said DUP leader Arlene Foster.

The support of the 10 members of parliament elected for the DUP, the more hardline of the two traditional pro-British parties in Northern Ireland, puts May just over the threshold to form a government.

Labour, instead, rose to 261 seats, showing a gain of 36.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the country as her husband looks on after Britain's election at Downing Street in London.

The British pound fell more than 2% to $1.2642 on Friday, as markets reacted to the political uncertainty of the election results. May now governs over a party and partnership that is as deeply divided as Britain's electorate.

The critical damage Theresa May wreaked on her chances of winning the election during a disastrous campaign has been laid bare in a poll published by a senior Conservative donor. "This was the first time I voted". It is due to present its platform for the next session in the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on June 19. Labour stunned even its own supporters by taking enough seats from the Conservatives to deny them a majority. "Let's get on with the job", he said.

Elmar Brok, a German conservative and the European Parliament's top Brexit expert, told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper that the two-year talks would now be more complicated.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

"The Conservatives have lost their majority and the prime minister has lost all authority and credibility".

The survey also showed voters for Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP said they mostly did so because they trusted the motives of the party, and also because they preferred that party's promises.

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