UK prime minister's top aides resign after election fiasco

Posted June 13, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that as a federal government and a member of the European Union (EU), Germany is prepared for Brexit negotiations, after the United Kingdom general election came to an end.

She had brought the election forward by three years in the hope of winning a larger Commons majority.

THE DEMOCRATIC Unionist Party could end up holding the balance of power after the General Election produced a hung parliament.

She has faced calls from some Tories to step down for calling an early election which resulted in a lost majority.

If all this uncertainty weren't enough, the Labour Party, which won 261 seats in the election, has its own divisions to deal with.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday visited Queen Elizabeth II to obtain permission to form a minority government with the DUP's support after her Conservative Party lost her parliamentary majority in the general election.

"The results of the United Kingdom election indicate to me that there is no strong mandate to proceed with a hard Brexit, which represents an opportunity for Ireland".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has stuck by her top ministers, forgoing what has become a traditional post-election reshuffle in a sign of her diminished authority days before Brexit talks are due to start.

This week's election left the Conservatives several seats short of a majority in Parliament, so they are seeking a deal with the Northern Ireland-based DUP, which won 10 seats.

"As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular".

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Some in Brussels may see this as an opportunity to drive a hard deal and dictate terms, Klass believes, while others may worry a weak prime minister won't be able to get parliamentary approval for a tough deal.

The Conservatives' losses were largely gains for the Labor opposition, which defied polls and predictions to gain 29 seats - a vindication for leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose grip on the party appears to have strengthened. He also said that the Prime Minister was risking "Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's greatest achievement, which is peace in Northern Ireland".

Ex-SNP minister Marco Biagi said that when the DUP was in the Stormont Executive he received an official letter from them, asking him to curtail access to the ceremony, which is not legal in Northern Ireland.

Founded by the Reverend Ian Paisley, the DUP has its roots in the protestant tradition in Northern Ireland. They will want their goodies from May's government.

"The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour", Timothy said in an article published on the ConservativeHome blog.

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Commentators in Northern Ireland say Foster and the leaders of the pro-republican Sinn Fein party have already been set an end of June deadline to come up with power-sharing arrangements to rescue the devolved Northern Ireland assembly which is now dissolved.