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United Kingdom opposition Labour Party says will seek to form minority government

10 Juin 2017

With no clear victor emerging from Thursday's election, a wounded May signalled she would fight on.

He said: "I think it was right because ultimately she was presented with a situation in the House of Commons, also the House of Lords of people wanting to frustrate the whole Brexit process".

"The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate".

"The British have spoken, they have voted, and have given the Conservative party a majority, albeit a simple majority, which is something of a surprise", French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told Europe 1 radio. Labour's increase in seats from 229 to 261 - with one seat still undecided - confounded expectations that his left-wing views made him electorally toxic.

The Tories face going it alone without a majority or striking a deal with the likes of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party to retain power. Labour didn't win, but no calls for his resignation materialized early Friday after a better-than-expected night.

May, in a speech after she was re-elected as MP for Maindenhead, said, "At this time, more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability".

"Politics has changed", he added. "I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country", Corbyn said. Despite this, I believe it will be possible to put together a majority government fast and to finally start talks about Britain's exit from the European Union after many a postponement.

But there were already demands for her to reconsider her position.

"If the poll is anything like accurate, this is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives and for Theresa May", said George Osborne, former conservative chancellor of the exchequer, on ITV.

Many predicted May would soon be gone.

Instead, she risks an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for nearly a century.

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The British pound fell more than 2% to $1.2642 on Friday, as markets reacted to the political uncertainty the outcome brings.

May, who went into the election with a reputation for quiet competence, was criticized for a lacklustre campaigning style and for a plan to force elderly people to pay more for their care, a proposal her opponents dubbed the "dementia tax".

Britain has been hit with three terror attacks since March, and campaigning was twice suspended.

By morning, pressure was mounting on May, including from within her own party. Though unlikely, it is theoretically possible if all other parties agree to join up with Labour, Corbyn would emerge as prime minister. That would make the course of Brexit even harder to predict.

On a nerve-racking night for the Conservatives, interior minister Amber Rudd held on to her seat by a whisker, while several junior ministers were swept away.

Mr Donaldson's comments came as Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams made clear there was "no danger whatsoever" of his party ditching its abstentionist policy, even if its seats become crucial in the final shake-down.

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. Their former leader, Nick Clegg, who was deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015, lost his seat.

But in practice, a working majority will require just 322 MPs, as the Speaker does not vote and Sinn Fein has so far declined to take up its seats.

Higher turnout hinted that younger people were voting in greater numbers than two years ago. Without a majority, the government can not be assured of passing legislation and often has to rely on the support of other parties.

"They are fundamentally anti-establishment in their attitudes and the vicar's daughter (May) is very pro-establishment".

"I still think the odds are on we will have some sort of Brexit", David Stubbs, global market strategist at JPMorgan told CNBC on Friday over the phone. European Union leaders have vowed to make Britain pay a steep price for abandoning them, a process that will take two years to conclude.