British PM Theresa May to form government after party weakened by election

  • British PM Theresa May to form government after party weakened by election

British PM Theresa May to form government after party weakened by election

But second, the battle over British exit from the European Union has severely muddled the broader politics of left and right.

In a general election that surprised many people, the United Kingdom faces the political turmoil of a hung parliament.

Corbyn's newly energized Labour Party officially backs Brexit - since voters endorsed it in a referendum past year - but many important figures in the party advocate a much "softer" approach, and their views now may now carry sway. There was no need for her to put her position on the line, and she had said earlier that an election was not needed.

Disregard what the prime minister might have said outside Downing Street - normal service can not simply resume.

May's election campaign was shambolic.

When May called the election in April, she did so with the Conservatives riding high in the polls, and the pound had surged on expectations that a big majority for the Conservatives would allow her to quell the so-called euroskeptics in her parliamentary ranks.

It is May, not Corbyn, whose career appears to be in tatters.

Corbyn's achievement is nothing short of extraordinary. This represents the biggest swing to Labour since Clement Attlee's epic win of 1945 against Winston Churchill.

Today Britain goes to the polls in an historic election.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence". May, unlike Baldwin, is not well liked amongst backbenchers, and she does not have a unifying vision for her party moving forward. The Conservatives have little to offer the young voters and previous non-voters who turned out in their droves to vote for Corbyn's manifesto. This clearly made the difference for Labour. It's even purring at its achievements in terms of shifting the terms of the debate. Unlike Sanders, Corbyn is now fully the face and voice-and conscience-of his party.

Blockmans: I think there is a wide acknowledgement in fact that the hard line that Theresa May has followed has usurped some of the political support that has gone away from UKIP, so there was a tendency to create that hard Tory line towards Brexit talks as the line that UKIP used to support.

As the largest minority in the House of Commons, any new Tory Party leader could find themselves the next Prime Minister if they can form a coalition or minority government.

But what happens now? But this time, that number was 77 percent. Conservative "pragmatism", they said, was likely to keep her in office.

Minority governments are rare, and rarely stable.

"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV. It's not unfeasible that Labour could re-establish its old connection with Scottish voters, and resume its historic dominance north of the border.

For now, May is refusing to step down. Theresa May's Conservative Party won 318 seats in the Parliament, the Labour Party got 261, and Liberal Democrats gained 12. As indeed would the new Tories' new friends from Northern Ireland. The clock is ticking and the sheer bureaucratic scale of Brexit requires urgent action. Corbyn said he and Labour are ready if May should fail. This choreography will play out over the coming weeks.

"Trouble is, in eleven days' time, the Brexit negotiations are due to commence".

"I just thought what a rubbish campaign that Theresa May ran, quite honestly, I really did". I've long said the best way to negotiate our withdrawal would be via an all-party committee, including representatives from parties in every region of the UK. He nominally opposed Brexit in 2016, but did not work hard to defeat it. May will likely have to make compromises to win the DUP's backing.

So the sustainability of the outcome of the negotiations may be at further risk, and that is not in the EU's interest. Especially the Prime Minister.

What does the loss of the Conservative majority mean for Brexit?

It is the third time Britons have been called to vote since 2015, twice for a general election and once for the European Union referendum, and voter fatigue appeared to be an issue for some.

After reading out the list of votes for each candidate, the returning officer in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, then announced Labour's Alan Meale the victor. The field for possible replacements in the Tory Party looks thin.