November 19 2017

Theresa May to 'reflect' after losing majority in Parliament

November 19 2017, 06:53 | Van Peters

An exit poll has projected that Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party will win the biggest share of seats in Britain's Thursday election but could fall short of a majority in Parliament.

Election 2017: the most SHOCKING result in recent history? "We have less than two years to negotiate the we should not waste any time now".

In the immediate aftermath of the result, a narrative is developing that the hung parliament may result in a softer 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.

Ms May is expected to form a minority government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party (of Northern Ireland), which is likely to offer informal support.

Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election certainly wasn't about Brexit.

"Labour voters have been saying to us they have been let down by Labour".

"Britain will now go into its most important challenge in 40 years - extricating itself from the European Union - at a severe disadvantage", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from London. He argues that the Labour party, while supportive of pro-Israel and a two-state solution policies, contains a far-left faction that is far less sympathetic of Israeli concerns. Negotiations with European officials had been set to begin on June 19.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit Secretary David Davis have all been kept on in their roles.

With the Brexit talks set to be held on 19 June, EU leaders predicted that it may be possible that the United Kingdom will demand a delay from the European Union as the formation of a government can possibly take a while following the results of the general elections. We know when they must end.

"Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations", Donald Tusk, leader of the EU's ruling council, wrote in a tweet. The Conservatives are committed to a complete break with the European Union regardless of whether a satisfactory exit deal can be reached. "We are ready to do everything we can to put our program into operation", he said. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".

The vicar's daughter presented herself as a "strong and stable leader" but is now facing calls to resign after throwing away her party's 17-seat majority.

The Labour leader vowed to fight his Tory rival's attempt to run a minority government in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

May failed to get the 326 seats her Conservative party needs for an outright majority. But few believe she can hang on for more than a few months.

Six Conservative ministers lost their seats, including Rob Wilson who said the Tory campaign was "terrible". "She made the election a referendum on Theresa May and she has lost".

The shock defeat for Conservatives - despite the pre- poll projections of a comfortable majority - was seen by the British media as a "humiliation" for May to continue in her position.

Ruth Davidson, leader of Conservatives in Scotland, where the party did well, said the results showed the Conservatives should prioritize good trade relations with the EU.

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