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12 Juin 2017

May will need the support of another party or group of parties to command a majority.

Following the announcement, the Lib Dems called on Mrs May to make the terms of her deal with the DUP "clear to the British people immediately".

"A working government is needed as soon as possible to avoid a further drop in the pound", said ING currency strategist Viraj Patel in London.

May has said Brexit talks will begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. Article 50 allows for an extension to the two-year deadline if the other states unanimously agree.

So is Britain's European Union exit now in doubt? May formally triggered the two-year Brexit departure timetable in March.

BUT.EU leaders think she is bluffing because no deal would spell economic and legal chaos.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the legislature's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt quipped: "I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention".

The general election result throws those plans into doubt.

He said it was yet "another own goal, after Cameron now May".

Tim Farron said: "The actions of this Government will have profound implications for the Brexit negotiations and the future of our country".

The PM's gamble of calling a snap election to increase her majority had backfired in spectacular fashion, so could the pair be casualties or will she stick by them? The former would result in the United Kingdom giving up full access to the European single market and customs union, regaining control over borders (and thereby immigration) and freedom to negotiate new trade deals and apply laws within its own territory.

Corbyn was among those who called for May to resign after the results were announced.

The figures from the Mail on Sunday show that Labour is now the most popular party with 44.8 per cent of the vote, compared to 38.9 per cent for the Conservatives.

He said: "We're in an era of open, honest politics".

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The Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats in Thursday's voting, is entering talks with the Conservatives to discuss how to work together in a new government.

"Now, the prime minister has no authority and the Conservatives have no mandate", he said in a video message posted to Twitter on Friday.

He says "with a weak negotiating partner, there's the danger that the negotiations will go badly for both sides".

For instance, Menon said, some pro-EU Conservative legislators may wait until the Brexit legislative program comes to Parliament to start attacking it.

"So let's not kid ourselves".

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government on Friday after an election debacle that saw her Conservative Party lose its parliamentary majority days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin.

She added that Mrs May had agreed to use her influence to try and advance gay rights in Northern Ireland.

The Conservatives banked wrongly on winning seats in traditionally Labour seats which voted Brexit, such as Wakefield.

British media are reporting that Conservatives can no longer win an outright majority in Parliament.

Instead, the Conservatives lost a dozen seats - and with it their grip on power - resulting in a hung parliament which has plunged the country into renewed political uncertainty.

She said that she will work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and that her government will lead the country forward at a "critical" time.

In the 2015 election, Amber Rudd won the Hastings and Rye seat in southern England by nearly 5,000 votes.

This is likely to pose an obstacle to the types of strict border controls advocated by those in the Conservative Party who support a "hard" Brexit.