Jeremy Corbyn exceeds expectations with Labour's best result for almost 20 years

Faith Castro
June 12, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin.

May, who has largely been criticised for a weak campaign and accused of calling the snap election in a bid to gain more seats in the House of Commons, has announced that she will not resign.

But she has faced pressure to quit from inside and outside her party after a troubled campaign overshadowed by two terror attacks, although British media quoted party sources saying she had "no intention" of doing so.

The exit polls also mark an unexpected rise for Corbyn, who has hung on as Labour leader through several attempts from senior members of his party to oust him.

"It is clear that this election has left her authority deeply wounded, perhaps fatally", said Paul Goodman, a former lawmaker and editor of the ConservativeHome website. And I want to encourage all Conservatives to come through this hard period, unite behind the Prime Minister, and focus on the need to heal the divisions in our country.

Mrs May's party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit, and the election result means British businesses still have no idea what trading rules they can expect in the coming years.

Following last June's Brexit referendum, the process officially started in March when May served formal notice of Britain's intention to leave the EU.

"This is still on", he said, adding he would vote down the government's programme when it comes before parliament this month.

Less than a year after May was propelled into Downing Street following Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union, party insiders were placing bets on how long she could last. Theresa May promised strong and stable leadership.

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The prime minister has sent a team of officials, led by her chief whip, Gavin Williamson, to Belfast to negotiate the details of an alliance with the DUP.

"Now, of course, if she's [May] got to be constantly making deals throughout this parliament, or indeed if she falls and there's a lot of negotiations or a lot of discussion as to whether she'll be leading this Conservative minority government. The other parties in Northern Ireland will know that the unionists can pull the plug at any stage and hold the government hostage".

"We don't know when Brexit talks start".

"May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss". "The task of restoring orderly government in order to make sense of Brexit is now a national emergency, and it falls to them".

The talks were set to officially begin on June 19. She has been found out.

The Defence Secretary dismissed the suggestion that Mrs May had struck an outline agreement with the DUP.

The DUP, whose 10 seats would allow the government to get measures through Parliament, is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and includes both environmentalists and climate-change deniers among its senior ranks.

With all but one constituency declared, the Conservatives won 318 seats - down from 331 at the 2015 election - while Labour was on 262, up from 229.

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