Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

  • Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers

People living in Britain are waking up to uncertainty as Prime Minister Theresa May ignored calls to stand down after the ruling Conservative Party lost an overall majority in parliament in a general election on Thursday.

Together, the two parties will have a narrow majority in Parliament.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to form a government that will provide "certainty" and guide the country through Brexit, after voters delivered her party a huge blow at the polls.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Corbyn said: "I can still be Prime Minister".

John Curtice, who oversees the exit poll for a consortium of broadcasters, said Friday that the Conservatives' final tally might be a bit higher than 314, but it was extremely unlikely they would get a majority.

Rachel Sheard, who was casting her vote near the site of Saturday's attack in London, said the election had not gone as expected - and that it certainly wasn't about Brexit.

"I don't think that's in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) almost as much as security is", said Sheard, 22.

The Conservative Party led by Theresa May has so far claimed 318 seats out of a combined 650, down 12 from what it had before. Meanwhile, the Labour Party surged, winning 29 seats in areas where the party's lukewarm support for the Brexit played well.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

The Tories have lost 26 seats to the Labour Party and five to the Liberal Democrats with one seat still to declare. She's decided the best way to get a good deal is to say "I'm pulling out of the single market, ending the free movement of European Union nationals into the United Kingdom, and if we don't get that and if we don't get a free trade deal, we'll walk away".

After the Conservatives failed to win a majority, Prime Minister Theresa May says she can rely on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party.

To pass new legislation, May has turned to the DUP, a small party from Northern Ireland known for pursuing a more socially conservative agenda than the Tories.

With no clear victor likely to emerge from Thursday's vote, May vowed to provide stability, while Corbyn said she should step down. "I suspect that any government that tried it would not be able to do it for a very long time" he told TIME, before the results emerged.

May had advocated a "hard Brexit" - a withdrawal that includes a clean break from the European Union's single market and customs union.

The stunning poll outcome now leaves May battling to unite different factions of her party and reliant on a handful of Northern Irish parliamentarians just nine days before Britain starts the tortuous process of negotiating its departure from the EU.

The shocking election result has caused great embarrassment to Mrs May, who called a snap election in April believing she could wipe out her opposition and gain greater control in the House of Commons.

Labour's election result should not be seen as a "famous victory" and was "not good enough", says former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie.