Corbyn vows to force May to resign 'within a matter of days'

Geneva Matthews
June 19, 2017

She later conceded it wasn't the hoped for result, however, adding: "I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".

On a humiliating night for the Prime Minister the Tories slipped from a total of 331 seats to 318, while Labour gained 32 seats to reach 262.

The election of 12 new Scottish Conservative MPs will boost the number of backers of a soft Brexit on the benches behind May.

Damian Green, a lawmaker in the pro-EU wing of the party, was promoted to first secretary of state - effectively deputy prime minister.

Having spoken to the Queen in Buckingham Palace, she would try to form a minority government relying on the votes of smaller parties to win parliamentary votes on an issue-by-issue basis.

The DUP itself said only that it would enter talks and it was not immediately clear what its demands might be. Further announcements were expected on Saturday.

The Conservative setback was in part a result of young voters turning out in record numbers: "The swing to Labour was higher in places were there are more young voters", said Britain's leading election analyst Professor John Curtice.

Stressing that her party had won the maximum votes and emerged as the single largest party, she claimed that only the Tories can provide the "certainty" needed to guide the country through crucial Brexit talks that begins with the European Union on June 19.

When May called the election back in April, she-and many others-assumed a Conservative victory was a done deal.

European Union leaders expressed concern that May's loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing, resulting in a legal limbo for people and business. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'".

"We need a government that can act", EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

British politicians, including those within May's own party, differ widely on what they want from the Brexit negotiating process.

There was little sympathy for May from some Europeans. It's all their Christmases rolled into one and they will make sure they leverage as much as they can from their advantage. Following the Brexit referendum, the snap polls represent the second disastrous election called by a Tory PM in two years.

"We have made good progress but the discussions continue", said DUP leader Arlene Foster.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", the Conservative leader said after the shock outcome of Thursday s vote.

The real question is, had this election been fought under the five year term parliament act, with its long lead in period, would Jeremy Corbyn in the end have overhauled Theresa May?

When it came down to the actual vote, May's Conservative Party ended up losing its majority in Parliament.

THERESA MAY: I had wanted to achieve a larger majority, but that wasn't the result that we secured. "We are ready to do everything we can to put our program into operation", he said. Since then, a combination of poor campaigning, increased security concerns after three terror attacks, and rising popularity for Labour caused her plan to backfire.

Her government has already triggered Article 50 of the EU Lisbon treaty which could see Britain formally leave the EU by March 30, 2019.

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