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British PM May says will govern with "friends" for successful Brexit deal

10 Juin 2017

Mrs Theresa May leaving the Conservative Party HQ in London yesterday, hours after the polls closed in the British general election.

To retain her role as Prime Minister, May moved quickly announcing her intention to pursue a partnership with the DUP, a small party from Northern Ireland known for pursuing a more socially conservative agenda than the Tories.

After Thursday's vote, May's Conservative Party still has the largest number of lawmakers, but lacks a parliamentary majority. And there is no example of such a wounded prime minister staying in power for long.

The shock result throws British politics into chaos and could send Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union - due to start June 19 - into disarray. The British pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar in initial trading as results became clear.

The results mean May will need to form a government even as Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the far-left Labor Party, called for her to resign.

This is the first time since the 1990s that Britain has a minority government, in which the governing party can not get measures though Parliament without outside support. Before the election the Conservatives had 330 seats and Labour 229. "I hope that we will not experience further delay in the conclusion of these negotiations".

"We need a government that can act", Oettinger told radio station Deutschlandfunk, according to the Reuters news agency.

"With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides". "I expect more uncertainty now".

Ms. May said she planned to stick to the timetable for starting Brexit negotiations in 10 days, with a new government that would lead Britain out of the EU. It also remains unclear what kind of understanding she has struck with socially conservative protestant lawmakers opposed to gay marriage and abortion rights.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street in London, February 6, 2017. She built her campaign around her leadership, which she called - over and over again in campaign appearances - "strong and stable".

"We should not waste any time", he said. "And our leader needs to take stock as well".

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It is a devastating result for May, whose position is now uncertain, and a vindication for opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose continuing leadership of the Labour Party now looks assured. Labour, written off as nearly unelectable just weeks ago, surpassed expectations by securing 261 seats in a last-minute surge of support.

"That's what people voted for last June; that's what we deliver". It went up by nearly 10 percentage points - the biggest jump between general elections since 1945.

Corbyn called for May to quit, saying, "The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate".

"Referencing a campaign trail comment she made, he wrote: "'I will be a bloody hard woman to Junker' said May 5 weeks ago.

The impact of the election on Britain's European Union talks was unclear.

In a short statement to reporters, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said: "we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge". At that point, polls predicted she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from Cameron.

She said the two parties had enjoyed a strong relationship over many years.

"The reckless Tory pursuit of a "hard Brexit" must now be abandoned", the Scottish National Party leader told a press conference.

The losses complicate the SNP's plans to push for a new referendum on Scottish independence as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

"I felt passionate about voting to make sure Theresa May knew that young people like me would never support her or a Conservative government", said 23-year-old student Janet Walsh, who voted Labour.

Given a Brexit deal needs the support not only of the government but of parliament, European Union member states and their parliaments and the European Union parliament, there is an increased risk of a "no-deal" Brexit, which is the worst case scenario as that has the potential to create the most frictional economic damage. As the polls suggested a tightening race, pollsters spoke less often of a landslide and raised the possibility that May's majority would be eroded.

British PM May says will govern with