Theresa May to 'reflect' after losing majority in Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't expect any delays in the start of Brexit talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom despite the outcome of this week's British election.

At the time, she was considered a strong favorite against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"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".

But her party is deeply divided over what they want from Brexit and the result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years.

To reach a majority, a party has to secure 326 seats - while the Conservatives have secure 310 seats, the Labour party is behind at 258 seats.

The Scottish National Party of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, which has dominated politics north of the border for a decade, and called for a new independence vote after Brexit, lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015.

Because the DUP are a party that only stand for election in Northern Ireland, you may not have heard of them unless you live there. "It has to be said, young voters under 30 who disproportionately like the policies of Jeremy Corbyn were expected to turn out in quite low numbers and they turned out in droves yesterday and that really has pushed the agenda more in Jeremy Corbyn's favour and away from the conservatives who really tapped into an older constituency in recent elections", says French.

"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said. "The Conservative party is on course to winning the most votes and it will be incumbent on us that we provide that period of stability", she said in her victory speech, seemingly conceding the exit poll predictions of a possible hung Parliament and her dashed hopes of a landslide win.

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"We are ready for the negotiations". She has already weathered the numerous immediate calls for her to resign.

At that point, polls predicted she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron.

What she'd sought all along was a strong mandate to take into Brexit negotiations, but the gamble to hold an early election hasn't paid off. Mr Corbyn took advantage by agreeing to a debate at the last minute - leaving her with a Hobson's choice of either looking too scared to join him or as though she was responding to his instructions.

In the late stages of the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus on to security issues.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, indicated on Twitter that the European Union was prepared to show some patience, making it clear that talks should not begin until the political situation had settled in the UK.

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

She said talks with Britain on its withdrawal from what will now be the 27-member European Union would start "in the coming days".

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