Hanging in There - Theresa May Stays UK PM, For Now

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. But, instead, support for her party declined dramatically, leaving her government far more precarious than before.

During the campaign, she backtracked on a major proposal on care for the elderly, opted not to debate her opponents on television and faced questions over her record on security after Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit Secretary David Davis have all been kept on in their roles.

The DUP's deputy leader Nigel Dodds confirmed that the party's condition for shoring up the new Tory government is an assurance that Northern Ireland will not be accorded special European Union status after Brexit that will keep it distinct from the rest of the United Kingdom.

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. If it doesn't have a deal by then, Britain will likely be forced out of European Union and the single market with no special trade agreement in place for its trade with the EU.

May said that "of course I'll reflect on what happened". Laws are put to a vote in the House of Commons, with a majority of votes needed to pass them. He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to cling to power although she could not take the Conservative Party to victory in a snap election that she had called, hoping to form "a strong and stable government" as Brexit negotiations begin later this month. 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. However, many top party officials have called for a "softer" process. The Northern Ireland party won 10 seats, enough to give May a majority under a partnership in Parliament.

Even though the gap between the Conservatives and Labor narrowed during the campaign, polls had generally predicted that the Conservatives would win a majority of votes.

"It is the policy of both the Conservative party and the UK Labour party to respect the Brexit referendum result". Several Conservative lawmakers, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, raised concerns over the DUP's opposition to same-sex marriage.

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