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Britain's May vows to stay on despite election blow

13 Juin 2017

"I will now form a government - a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country", she said.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom needs consistent leadership now more than ever.

May announced the party would try to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, an alliance that is fraught with difficulties.

UKIP's Tom Commis said he was disappointed the party did not put up more of a showing especially considering they had won their first County Hall seat in the borough just a few weeks earlier. One electoral district is still not final.

May's left-wing Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, once written off by his opponents as a no-hoper, said May should step down and he wanted to form a minority government. "Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

'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'. The legal question of whether Article 50 is revocable has not yet been determined, but most legal scholars (and indeed those who drafted it), take the view that it is.

There are 650 seats in the British House of Commons, whichever party that wins the majority of seats gets to choose the Prime Minister.

But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn's supporters at bloodying Mrs May' s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory".

The first constituency-by-constituency results showed the Tories were failing to pick up Labour seats they had specifically targeting in their campaign.

She also promised there would be no delays in negotiations with the European Union, which are scheduled to begin June 19.

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Reuters reports that Gunther H. Oettinger, a European Commission budget and human resources commissioner, expressed doubt about the talks starting as planned.

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Corbyn's newly energized Labour Party officially backs Brexit - since voters endorsed it in a referendum past year - but many important figures in the party advocate a much "softer" approach, and their views now may now carry sway.

For the third time in two years, the British electorate has defied expectations. European officials are anxious that the weaker position of the Conservatives make a breakdown in negotiations more likely. The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, urged her to resign, saying he is "ready to serve" himself, while the leader of the Lib Dem, Tim Farron, said she "should be ashamed" and should resign "if she has an ounce of self respect".

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, added: "We don't when Brexit talks start".

Since Northern Ireland will soon constitute Britain's land frontier with the European Union, Brexit is likely to be at the heart of any agreement - formal or informal - with the DUP.

The Scottish National Party, which lost 21 of its 56 Westminster seats, also saw its vote share in Scotland plummet dramatically-from 50 to 36.9 percent. "Instead of strong and stable leadership we witness chaos and uncertainty", he said, mocking May's campaign slogan. DUP is strongly pro-Union and pro-Brexit and has traditionally leaned very closely to the Tories' economic positions while being more to the right on social issues.

"I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen and I will now form a Government", she said.

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