Theresa May's gamble fails in Britain's snap elections

  • Theresa May's gamble fails in Britain's snap elections

Theresa May's gamble fails in Britain's snap elections

Nuns were among the voters in Britain's early elections.

If May forms a minority government with support from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), then she would enter Brexit talks heavily dependent on one side of the divide in Northern Ireland and on the eurosceptic wing of her own party.

The Prime Minister called what she thought would be a Brexit-focused election, but the issue was quickly overshadowed by security as two deadly terror attacks, in Manchester and London, struck during the campaign period.

With more than two-thirds of the seats counted, the results appeared to be generally bearing out an exit poll that predicted the Conservatives would get 314 of the 650 seats in Parliament, down from 330, while the Labour Party was projected to win 266, up from 229.

But the DUP indicated that no deal was done, even though Ms May has asked Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government. Prime Minister John Major relied on support from the Ulster Unionist Party to shore up his tiny majority in 1992-1997. May inherited a small majority from him.

May took a gamble in April by calling for the snap election.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn toured the country drawing large crowds to open-air rallies.

However, many MPs have urged her to stay on.

Corbyn's newly energized Labour Party officially backs Brexit - since voters endorsed it in a referendum previous year - but many important figures in the party advocate a much "softer" approach, and their views now may now carry sway.

When the results were being announced, DUP's strong showing resulted in Google announcing that it was the most searched political party in the UK. Twice they have lost. However, the general elections have failed the conservatives and took away her majority in the government, forcing her to collaborate with DUP. So we are waiting for visitors coming from London.

"Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated", tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian premier who is the European Parliament's point man for the Brexit process.

He later told the BBC it was it was "pretty clear who has won this election". She warned Corbyn would be "alone and naked" in discussions.

Their comments came shortly after Mrs May delivered a victory speech having been re-elected as MP for Maidenhead, but on a night when the Conservatives looked to fall short of gaining an overall majority.

She acknowledged her sadness at the loss of her majority in the general election in a statement to broadcasters on Friday. Everything seemed to be going well-until manifesto week, when Conservatives pulled out a policy on old age care which may go down as the least popular proposal in history. "I say one of the worst ..."

The sharks are now circling May, smelling blood.

May may yet face a leadership challenge. This also presents an immediate problem to May. She will find it harder to push through any new rules and legislation. "It's bad. She's in a very hard place". "As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist party in particular". For the purposes of the election this week, this explanation will not go into detail on the Lords, Ladies and Peers' role, but more information is available here. They won't be so "other" anymore.

The biggest question is what this means for Brexit.

May, who took over after last year's Brexit referendum, began the formal two-year process of leaving the European Union on March 29, promising to take Britain out of the single market and cut immigration. That is a victory for the young, who overwhelmingly backed remaining in the European Union previous year.

The Liberal Democrats, whose votes in parliament could help sustain a Labour government, campaigned on the position that Britons should be able to vote again on the terms of the final European Union deal, and stay in the bloc if the deal was rejected.