After UK Election, The Only 'Certainty' In Britain Is Uncertainty

Posted June 12, 2017

May said Barwell would help her "reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for".

"I certainly think that there will be contact made over the weekend, but I think it's too soon to talk about what we're going to do", DUP leader Arlene Foster said, speaking to BBC Radio Ulster.

The striking shortfall for May signals dwindling support among United Kingdom voters for a so-called hard exit from the EU.

Asked Sunday if she is now just a caretaker leader, May noted that "I said during the election campaign that if elected I would intend to serve a full term".

"Everybody is positioning themselves", said Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at Kings College London.

Having galvanized the youth, and with strong backing from the party membership, his popularity amongst parliamentary colleagues, both new and old, is set to increase.

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This election was a surprising success for the Labour leader, whose own MPs only recently said they didn't like or trust him. Theresa May surely wanted to get rid of the pressure of those in favor of "hard Brexit" but now it is not clear if it is her who negotiates it.

Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party.

Before her defeat, May said she wanted to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce.

"I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country".

In Brussels, home of the European Union, there was a mix of puzzlement, confusion and frustration over the chaos of British politics.

Investors worry that a minority Conservative government would be weaker in Brexit talks, which start on June 19 and are to last for at least the next two years. Of course, given the very small majority that we will have, the opportunity for other parties to scrutinize the sort of Brexit that we want to implement will be that much stronger. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'".

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In her short time as Home Secretary she's not only tackled the unprecedented "ransomware" attack that shut down the country's health service, but the terrorist attacks that targeted Westminster, Manchester and the London Bridge and Borough Market.

The UK snap general election took place on Thursday, and resulted in a so-called hung parliament, with the Conservative Party getting 318 seats, the Labour Party securing 261 seats, the Scottish National Party getting 35 seats, and the Liberal Democrats gaining 12 seats with one constituency yet to declare results.

Mrs May is believed to have struck deal, but not a formal coalition agreement, with the party, which narrowly gives her the numbers she needs to pass legislation in the House of Commons.

The DUP is skeptical of Europe and is pro-Brexit.

With the DUP providing the Conservatives a narrow, but crucial, majority in Parliament, it could have an outsized influence.

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