Theresa May's election gamble appears to backfire

Kathleen Mckinney
June 12, 2017

EU President Donald Tusk urged Britain not to delay the talks, due to start on June 19, warning that time was running out to reach a divorce deal to end four decades of membership.

May announced the party would try to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, an alliance that is fraught with difficulties.

Officials in Brussels were hopeful the election would allow her to make compromises, but this has been thrown into question by the prospect of a hung parliament.

Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday. "Whatever the results, the Conservative party will remain the party of stability".

Angus Robertson last week lost his seat at Moray and as the third party in Westminster, the SNP need a replacement for the top job which involves quizzing the Prime Minister every week.

With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May's bruised Conservatives had 318 - short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before the vote. The main opposition Labour Party surpassed expectations by winning 262.

"And I'm sorry for all those candidates and hard-working party workers who weren't successful, but also particularly sorry for those colleagues who were MPs and ministers who had contributed so much to our country and who lost their seats and didn't deserve to lose their seats".

May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for". "Our manifesto was full of fear and the Labour Party's manifesto was full of promises".

European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the European Union is prepared to stick to the timetable that calls for negotiations to start in mid-June, but also said: "Without a government, there's no negotiation".

Without a majority in Parliament, May's authority is greatly eroded and her Conservative Party will struggle to push through its vision of a "hard" Brexit; one that would see Britain unbound from the key tenets of the European Union which require, among other things, a free flow of goods and people across state borders.

She now risks more opposition to her Brexit plans from inside and outside her party.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", May said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote.

"It's a bit of a mess", Peter Morgan, 35, said in London.

It added that "the logic leading to Mrs".

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

The Telegraph newspaper said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace May.

One DUP lawmaker suggested support for May could come vote by vote, making the job of governing fraught with risk.

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham.

For one, DUP is strongly against gay marriage - Northern Ireland is the only place in the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is not allowed.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

The DUP's leader Arlene Foster later contradicted that statement and said discussions would continue.

"I could not care less what people get up to in terms of their sexuality". "I just don't see how she can continue in any long-term way".

"Since 1990, the British government has been neutral in Northern Ireland, backing neither the unionists nor the nationalists", Powell, who was also former Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief of staff writes.

"It was her decision to call the election, it was her name out there and she was saying she was doing it to bring about strong and stable government", said Jeremy Corbyn.

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