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British Election Could Be Major Setback for PM May

09 Juin 2017

May's Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn both campaigned in this election on a commitment to honor the result of the June 2016 referendum, when 52% of voters backed Brexit.

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular", she said on the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence.

May campaigned on a promise of "strong and stable" leadership through the European Union departure process.

"We will fulfill the promise of Brexit together and over the next five years build a country in which no one, and no community, is left behind", May said. "We have no clue on what's going to come out of Brexit".

The DUP said earlier on Friday it would not comment on reports that it had agreed to back May's ruling Conservatives. That could be as part of a block opposing a weakened Conservative government or propping up a new leadership.

Having called an early election in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her hand in Britain's exit talks with the EU, May instead saw her majority evaporate completely - leaving her fortunes hanging by a thread. With most seats declared, the Conservative Party have failed to win the landslide majority they were aiming for.

Mr Osborne said, if right, the figures would put Mrs May's future as Conservative leader in doubt, saying on ITV: "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

Alistair Campbell, Labour prime minister Tony Blair's former spokesman and a strong European Union supporter, said: "This election is a rejection of May and hard Brexit".

Speaking after being re-elected to his London seat, Corbyn said May should "go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country".

May perd sa majorité absolue peu avant de négocier le Brexit — GB
Selon ces projections, Mme May, qui disposait d'une majorité de 17 sièges dans le Parlement sortant, perdrait sa majorité absolue. Ceux-ci se sont massivement inscrits sur les listes électorales et sont considérés comme majoritairement favorables à M.

An exit poll following Britain's general election on Thursday suggested the country could be heading for a "hung parliament", in which no party has an overall majority.

"We may well be looking down the barrel of a second referendum", he said.

Such an arrangement would be extremely fragile, however, as the government would have to unite policymakers from various sides of the political spectrum, including liberals and center-leftist Labour voters as well as Scottish independence supporters, since Labour and the SNP combined would not have enough votes for a majority if exit polls turn out to be correct.

David Davis, the United Kingdom chief of Brexit negotiations, has conceded that the government may have lost its mandate to exit the single European market in favor of limiting free movement of European peoples - in other words, May's "hard Brexit" may now be off the table.

"We could be heading for a period of market uncertainty, which will be compounded by the elephant in the room this time around - the forthcoming Brexit negotiations", said Judge.

Despite the surprise election result, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said he doesn't believe voters have changed their minds about leaving. The result ended his career and shocked Europe.

May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, even though no vote was due until 2020.

Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election hadn't gone as expected - and that it certainly wasn't about Brexit. However, her political strategy in recent months has alienated numerous parties she would have to rely on for parliamentary votes.

He gained ground when she seemed to suggest what was quickly called a "dementia tax" that could cause the elderly to have to sell their homes to pay for nursing care, and in the final days repeatedly hammered May for cutting 20,000 police officers during her tenure as interior minister - an assertion that carried weight as major terrorist attacks hit Manchester and London. She sought to deflect pressure on Corbyn, arguing that he had a weak record on security matters, but that did not stop questions about her own ministerial decisions.