Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

May had called the snap election confident of increasing her Conservative Party's majority to strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks.

Instead, Nancy Astor became the first woman to take her seat in the Commons after winning the Plymouth Sutton Constituency by-election in 1919.

"What has impressed me ― and there is a real similarity between what he has done and what I did ― is he has taken on the establishment of the Labour Party, he has gone to the grassroots and he has tried to transform that party ... and that is exactly what I am trying to do", the former Democratic presidential candidate said on a speaking tour in the United Kingdom last week. However due to her poor showing, May is now forced into an informal alliance with the socially conservative DUP who have campaigned for a "soft" Brexit, retaining more of the links to Europe that currently exist.

And senior DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said it was "much too early" to talk of a formal agreement with a minority Conservative government.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

"I don't believe personally that Theresa May will stay as our prime minister indefinitely", Heidi Allen, a Tory member of Parliament, told LBC Radio. Given that the elections led to a hung parliament, failing to form a majority government as the Conservatives secured 318 seats and the Labour Party secured 261, the United Kingdom is now left with the minority government option. She confirmed this to German leader Angela Merkel in a phone call on Saturday.

"It's important to have a Government that can take the Brexit negotiations through".

"Do your best to avoid a ´no deal´ as result of ´no negotiations´", Donald Tusk, leader of the EU´s ruling council, wrote in a tweet.

Behind the scenes, members of her own party were discussing whether to keep her - with some concluding that, sooner or later, she would have to go.

The DUP, which May referred to as her "friends", was non-committal in its initial remarks.

The political upheaval since the country voted to leave the European Union previous year stems from the fault lines across the country that Prime Minister Theresa May misread and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appears to have understood. Some experts are calling the Conservatives' unexpected loss of seats a rejection of the "hard Brexit" May has advocated, which would take Britain out of the single market and the customs union and which could see tariffs slapped on British exports to the EU. The party's leader, Arlene Foster, slammed Corbyn and said ahead of the election, "He hasn't condemned IRA for the violence they visited upon people in everyday lives".

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

The hashtag #Grime4Corbyn, partnering up with JME and Stormzy, placing politics on the Twitter feeds of those who would otherwise reject the political process all played their part. "I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign". Because of Corbyn and the organizers who made this happen, there's reason for those of us on the other side of the pond to enjoy a little bit of optimism today.

The European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, said: "Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated".

For instance, Menon said, some pro-EU Conservative legislators may wait until the Brexit legislative program comes to Parliament to start attacking it.

A leaked report of a recent meeting between European Union bosses and Mrs May at Downing Street revealed the visitors were left wondering if Mr Davis would survive beyond the election.

"We are ready. We have completed the guidelines, the framework", Merkel said Friday in Mexico City. The survey said almost two-thirds of younger voters backed Labour, with Brexit being their main concern.

At the time, the Conservatives were riding high in the polls, and it initially seemed like a smart move - until the opposition Labour party began to gain ground.

Other Conservatives have emphasised the importance of migration controls, something the European Union says is incompatible with open trade.

Some say that remarkable win for Labour - echoed elsewhere in places with big student populations - suggests that a rise in college-age voters helped prevent a widely expected victory for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in Thursday's election.

Britain has also been hit with three terror attacks since March, and campaigning was twice suspended.



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