UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June

UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June

UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June

May also reappointed an old adversary - Michael Gove, a former rival for the Conservative leadership whom May fired from the Cabinet when she took office a year ago.

It was suggested that Greg Clark, the pro-Remain Business Secretary, has privately urged business leaders to co-ordinate a push for a softer Brexit.

A protester wearing a Theresa May mask poses outside Downing Street after the election.

Visibly tired from the night's events, the Prime Minister said she would take time to reflect on how the Conservatives can "take the party forward" from now on.

May will visit Buckingham Palace at 12:30 pm (1130 GMT) after British voters wiped out her parliamentary majority and dealt a devastating blow to the conservative party in a snap election she had called to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rode a wave to close the gap in the final few weeks but it probably won't be enough.

To retain her role as Prime Minister, May moved quickly announcing her intention to pursue a partnership with the DUP, a small party from Northern Ireland known for pursuing a more socially conservative agenda than the Tories.

"But I would like to make clear that the freakish media reports about my own role in the policy's inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project".

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When asked whether May would be able to remain as prime minister, Foster told the BBC on Friday that she was unsure, adding, "I think it will be hard". Conservatives continue to be the largest party in the UK. "Oh Jeremy Corbyn" and "Jez We Can" were among the loud, musical chants of the audience gathered there, while more stood outside unable to get in.

The loss was widely interpreted in Britain as a personal repudiation of a politician who seemed to have charmed the country only months ago with her vow to be a "bloody hard woman" in exit negotiations with her European Union counterparts. At the time, she was talking up her ability to negotiate with Europe.

May, who took over after last year's Brexit referendum, began the formal two-year process of leaving the European Union on March 29, promising to take Britain out of the single market and cut immigration. Northern Ireland's Democrat Unionist Party gained 2 seats to secure a total of 10 and the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), which fought for the Brexit referendum, lost their only seat.

The two sides are looking to form a "confidence and supply" arrangement.

DUP leader Arlene Foster's initial comments were non-committal: "The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".

The alliance makes some modernizing Conservatives uneasy. Several Conservative lawmakers, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, raised concerns over the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage. The border was eliminated as part of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended the Troubles. All else being equal, competent governments will wait longer before going to the electorate, whereas insecure leaders will try to capitalise on their popularity when they have it. 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. Wary in his early days of working with the mainstream media, Mr. Corbyn was increasingly willing to engage over the course of the election, joining in a televised debate that he and Ms. But with a minority government about to assume power, it might not be the worst thing to happen since, well, the last unexpected vote in this country.

"I think it's pretty clear who won this election", Corbyn told reporters.

"I don't believe personally that Theresa May will stay as our prime minister indefinitely", Heidi Allen, a Tory member of Parliament, told LBC radio.

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