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UK Election 2017: May fall short of majority in June


May called the snap election in April saying she wanted to increase her majority in order to have a stronger position in Brexit negotiations.

Theresa May has lost her mandate.

May's gamble that she could capitalise on Britons' desire to quit the European Union and perceived weakness in the opposition Labour Party backfired on Thursday as voters stripped her of her parliamentary majority.

However she said he, along with foreign secretary Boris Johnson, home secretary Amber Rudd, defence secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit minister David Davis would remain in their posts. Sky sources: Downing Street issued the wrong statement in error.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal".

But despite agreeing to talk with the Tories, the DUP stopped short of agreeing to enter a formal coalition - meaning the pact is far from "strong and stable".

Conservative prime minister Stanley Baldwin failed to win a majority in the election, held in December 1923.

Diplomatic veterans say the Brexit process is as titanic in scale as it is historically unprecedented.

"Britain is about to find out the price of that failure".

"We don't know when Brexit talks start".

We have an incoming government that can commence Brexit negotiations; like it or not, the Tories have been planning out their negotiations with the European Union under the assumption they would be in power.

When a reporter asked for his reaction to the election in Britain, Trump said, "Surprising". "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind.

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There's no specific deal yet, but Ms May has said her party "will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular". She's then got to present a programme to Parliament.

"I sought, and to be fair to the prime minister, received a categoric assurance that in talking to the DUP that there would be no suggestion of any rollback on LGBTI rights in the rest of the United Kingdom", she told reporters.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to relinquish her two closest aides on Saturday as she struggled to reassert her authority following a crushing electoral setback.

"In my view it may well just be a period of transition", she told LBC radio.

The election campaign was rocked by two terror attacks, which drew attention to May's record in her former job as interior minister, while her own performances were heavily criticised.

The Times newspaper's front page declared that Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the country "all but ungovernable".

The London Evening Standard, edited by former finance minister George Osborne who May sacked, splashed with a photo of her under the headline "Queen of Denial".

With the results in from all 650 constituencies, the Conservatives won 318 seats - down from 331 at the 2015 election - while Labour was on 262, up from 229.

Davidson was one of the few Conservative success stories in the election as the Scottish wing of the party won 13 seats.

Asked if she thought Mrs May would be able to stay in her job, the DUP leader told the BBC: "I don't know", adding: "I think it will be hard for her to survive".

Britain voted 52 percent in favor of leaving the European Union in a shock referendum previous year, becoming the first ever member state to do so, but the regional breakdown of the results varied hugely.

On Twitter, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest grouping, the European People's Party, said, "EU did not want #Brexit, but has been prepared to negotiate it since past year".

The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs".