Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a thumbs up as he arrives at Labour Party headquarters in central London, June 9, 2017. Foster said. She is mindful that a majority of people in Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union during last year's Brexit referendum and there are fears in the province that Brexit could lead to the return of a hard border with Ireland. The result ended his career and shocked Europe.
"If there is a message from tonight's result, it is this: The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate". A year later, her political career may go the way of Cameron's.
"She put her party before her country". Theresa May did not have to call this election.
With hindsight, there are some things May might have done differently, or not at all.
Several lawmakers demanded the resignation of May's top advisers, who have been widely blamed for a disastrous policy to make the elderly pay more toward their care and a campaign seen as too insulated from ordinary voters and too focused on attacking her opponent.
The coming days are going to test the Conservative Party.
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But everything has changed, of course. Given that the elections led to a hung parliament, failing to form a majority government as the Conservatives secured 318 seats and the Labour Party secured 261, the United Kingdom is now left with the minority government option.
After noon, May was driven from her official Downing Street residence to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.
She had spent the campaign denouncing Mr 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. Chancellor Philip May is also a contender.
Samuel Tombs, analyst at Pantheon Macroeconomics, says the pound could drop further, to $1.2600, where it was trading before May announced the election in April.
Labour are expected to increase their share from 229 to 260 seats, resulting in a hung parliament.
As the dust settles, one issue will dominate investors' concerns above all: whether Britain is more or less likely to retain privileged access to the EU's single market, the destination for most of the country's exports. Corbyn's platform of greater social justice, more money for health and welfare, free college tuition and even re-nationalisation of railways and utilities resonated with the urban young, even if it had the whiff of nostalgia about it. Amid unprecedented uncertainty, an already hard road for Britain just got harder.
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