Winners and losers from the United Kingdom election

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2017

Hammond also annoyed many Conservatives who want a clean break with the European Union by repeatedly stressing the need for a Brexit deal that allows companies to keep on hiring the migrant workers they need. With results declared for almost all of the 650 seats, Conservatives won 318 while the opposition Labour secured 262, leaving neither party anywhere close to the 326 seats required for an overall majority.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Sunday talks were still ongoing with the Democratic Unionist Party on seeking its support for a Conservative government after earlier saying an outline agreement had been reached.

Although some results are still being counted, the final Conservative tally is expected to be 319, down from 331 in the last election in 2015.

Mr Corbyn on the other hand presented a clear view on Brexit but proposed 10 things in his manifesto, which were approved by his whole party and appealed to the electorate.

Corbyn would be unlikely to win backing for a minority government, but was clearly reveling in a storming performance after pundits had pronounced the Labour Party all but dead. Having started her term by promising no snap elections, May U-turned in April and announced snap elections while refusing to engage in a public debate with any of the opposition parties.

Instead of opting for a post-election shuffle, the Prime Minister retained key figures in her cabinet. The best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power."She's staying, for now", one Conservative Party source told Reuters.The outcome risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, and increases the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal.

"I'm ready for another general election", Corbyn said.

In the new government, May plans to ally with the small Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland.

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Speaking Friday, leader Arlene Foster said the DUP would enter into discussions with the Prime Minister to "bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".

"As I reflect on the result, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said before adding "I obviously wanted a different result".

Her real test is likely to come when MPs vote on her programme after it is outlined in parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on June 19. This throws their ability to form a new government into chaos, just days before Brexit negotiations are due to begin. May had been misled by polls indicating that the Conservative Party would be able to decimate the Labour Party, which appeared to be in disarray under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

"She's staying, for now", one Conservative Party source told Reuters.

May continued to organize her government on Saturday.

The Times newspaper's front page declared "May stares into the abyss".

But Tory voters thought their party would do a better job of negotiating Brexit and believed Theresa May would be the best Prime Minister. "Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe".

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