Election results 2017: What does it mean for Brexit?

Gladys Abbott
June 12, 2017

The election outcome saw incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May's gambit to secure a greater majority as a disastrous failure, with the Conservative party losing seats and forming an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to form a government.

Any softening of the UK's position on Brexit is "obviously good for our chances of staying in European Union funding programmes" agrees Kieron Flanagan, a science-policy researcher at Manchester Business School. And dreams of an independent Scotland from Scottish nationalists have been shattered.

"I wanted to achieve a larger majority, and that was not the result we achieved", she said.

The deal means it is highly likely that the expansion of the apprenticeships programme and the introduction of new T-levels will remain key planks of the party's skills plan, not least because their implementation started before the election was called. The Conservatives could be forced to compromise to win DUP backing.

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.

Toby French, a 19-year-old political science student, said Labour's message - and the way it was delivered, via popular social media platforms - resonated with him.

The more the United Kingdom delays, the less time it will have available to reach a compromise agreement with the 27 other countries in the EU.

The election shock is "yet another own goal" that will make "already complex negotiations even more complicated", said the European Parliament's top Brexit official, Guy Verhofstadt.

Theresa May will meet DUP leader Arlene Foster in Downing Street on Tuesday after it emerged that the Conservative government has not agreed to the terms of a so-called confidence and supply deal with the Northern Irish party, backtracking on an announcement made on Saturday afternoon. In any arrangement, the DUP would also lend its support to form a working majority on issues with which it agrees.

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The DUP will not seek to impose its hardline agenda on sex marriage and abortion.

Her gamble calling an early election backfired as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament, throwing British politics into chaos.

If, in this hung parliament, it takes a while to form a government, then potentially there could be a formal delay to Brexit negotiations. All the most senior ministers - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - kept their jobs and there were few changes in the Cabinet lineup.

The news indicates that she will aim to continue as party leader and prime minister despite calls for her to resign.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May previous year - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.

Corbyn and his Labour Party had reasons to smile on election night. With Thursday's election providing 29 new Labour MPs, Corbyn's energetic election campaign has paid off. May has in effect, created an opposition that didn't exist before.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has expressed grave doubts over the anticipated deal between the Conservatives and the DUP, in whatever form it takes.

In March, Scottish lawmakers voted 69-59 in favor of such a course, putting the SNP on track for a major collision with May, who is against another vote. Euan McKirdy also contributed from Hong Kong.

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