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Ruth Davidson urges Theresa May to pursue 'open Brexit'

10 Juin 2017

After calling a snap election in April in anticipation of a landslide, she ended up with an electoral train wreck, in which her Conservative Party actually lost its parliamentary majority.

With Brexit Secretary David Davis and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon also staying put, there were suggestions changes could just centre on replacing the eight ministers who lost their seats as the Tory Commons tally fell to 318.

This would mean the government and its ministers would all be Conservatives, rather than sharing power as they did with the Liberal Democrats seven years ago. May, who will be forced to resign, would now need support from Northern Ireland Unionists, who have 10 seats, to touch the 326 majority-mark, to retain the post.

Later, the BBC revised its predictions to give 322 seats to the Conservatives, which may be just enough to have a "working majority", as a small number of MPs do not vote.

Current plans to start negotiations in the week of June 19 may have to be delayed, experts said.

"While Theresa May is well within the political mainstream and proven to be a solid and reliable unionist, Jeremy Corbyn is beyond the pale", the leader also said.

When a reporter asked for his reaction to the election in Britain, Trump said, "Surprising".

"The Prime Minister has made it clear it is her duty to get on with the job in hand and I support all efforts to do so", she said.

In April, British Prime Minister Theresa May made a decision to call a snap election, even though she had promised not to.

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The centre-right DUP's 10 seats are enough to give the Conservatives a fragile but workable partnership. Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister".

"She's staying, for now", a party source told Reuters.

He drew comparisons with USA leftist senator Bernie Sanders' ability to whip up youth support in his ultimately unsuccessful presidential bid previous year. Before May went through the largely symbolic process of seeking the queen's approval for the new government, DUP leader Arlene Foster had told British media that it would be "difficult for (May) to survive" and that "it is too soon to talk about what we're going to do".

May wanted to force pensioners to pay for their dementia care by selling their homes after they die.

Why did May call for elections in the first place?

"The timetable, whatever happens here, is likely to be pushed back", the former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader said. In 10 days the United Kingdom goes into negotiations with the European Union, and thanks to this election result it goes in weakened and unstable - the worst possible negotiating position.

May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain.

Assuming the numbers hold up, the Conservatives have two options: Assemble a coalition to gain a majority, or govern as a minority and risk their legislation getting voted down.

Gus McKay, a 38-year-old Conservative voter at Euston station in central London, said he was "frustrated" May had failed to connect with younger voters.