British Election Ends With A Hung Parliament

The British prime minister was cruising along two months ago with a solid majority in Parliament and several years to run on her party's mandate.

May in April had chosen to call the election three years ahead of the schedule to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union to pull Britain out of the single market. British media reported that there will be no formal coalition as neither party thinks it is necessary.

May's office says that the DUP had agreed to in outline to a "confidence and supply" arrangement.

Britain has been plunged into political chaos after a shock result in Thursday's general election that saw the ruling Conservative Party's majority wiped out.

Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament with 318 seats.

To stay in power, the Conservatives are seeking support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

Following the election, May faced backlash over the failure of the Conservative party, with a number of politicians - including Corbyn - suggesting that she has to resign. Barnier tweeted the talks should begin only when the United Kingdom is "ready".

If May is to honor the wish of the 52 percent of voters who opted previous year to take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to bridge the differences within her party.

The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election. As of the early hours of Friday morning, though, it appeared that May's future as prime minister and Brexit's future were both very much unclear. Finding support in parliament inconsistent, she chose to do a little surprise election of her own.

"There was a tremendous moment of elation when the exit poll was announced because it became apparent that the campaign had achieved the most stunning turnaround in public opinion in seven weeks", said Andrew Murray, an adviser to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Page said Corbyn, a lifelong left-wing activist who has spent decades speaking to crowds, was underestimated as a campaigner.

While her new partners, the DUP, are loud supporters of pulling out of the EU, a majority of voters in North Ireland actually voted to remain in the union past year. The result is also perhaps the start of the revival of the Labour Party.

"At this time, the country needs a period of stability", and "it will be incumbent on us that we provide that period of stability", she said. "And our leader needs to take stock as well".

"Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy", said Paul Nuttall, the leader of the pro-Brexit U.K. Independence Party.

He said: "I am backing Theresa May".

During the campaign, May vowed to build a "stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain", while Corbyn's signature campaign slogan was to govern "for the many, not the few".

It's unclear what role the attacks and their aftermath played in the election result. "So let's not kid ourselves", he said. The Conservatives did manage to increase their share of the vote to 42.4 per cent, as did Labour, which received 40 per cent.

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