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Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

May called the early election in April, when opinion polls suggested she was set for a sweeping win. Buoyed by strong polling numbers, May and her party were confident of a landslide victory.

Her gamble backfired spectacularly.

Most agree with me it is right that Theresa May is given the opportunity to form a government, but that her longer-term future as party leader is much less clear. As one teaching student at the University of London told VOA, "I think most of us here were against Brexit past year".

"We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative government on a confidence and supply basis when parliament returns next week", a government spokesman said.

The opposition Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn took 262 seats, gaining 30.

"They are wrong and they need to understand why we take those positions from a faith point of view and why we want to protect the definition of marriage", she said.

Her campaign unravelled after a policy U-turn on care for the elderly, while Mr Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wide support.

The Conservatives won 318 out of 650 seats-throwing away a 17-seat majority.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May listens as the declaration at her constituency is made for in the general election in Maidenhead, England, Friday, June 9, 2017.

The Conservatives, as the largest party, have the best chance of achieving this, especially with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, a natural ally.

The Conservative setback was only matched by the Scottish Nationalist Party's (SNP) loss of 21 seats. But the continuing divisions across the country were laid bare in the election result.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament.

"I can still be prime minister", Corbyn said. "Those adjusting their business to prepare for a post-Brexit UK should continue as the risk of scrapping plans completely could prompt lengthy and costly delays when negotiations finally do begin".

Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, urged the May government to get on with negotiations, noting that the United Kingdom has less than two years to extricate itself from the EU - which is considered a gargantuan task.

The DUP has close ties with the Conservatives, and it is in favor of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union.

The Conservatives' campaign slogan - promising "strong and stable" leadership - rarely rang true during May's rocky campaign, and efforts to paint a Labour-led government as a "coalition of chaos" failed to stick.

Pinsent Masons infrastructure specialist Richard Laudy said that the political uncertainty would be bad for the infrastructure sector. That is simply unsustainable, said political analyst Ian Dunt, author of the book Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?

"I've always voted Labour, but these past couple of times no, so I'll give Liberal Democrats a chance".

In the late stages of the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues. Even if the Tories sneak to a majority, she has still lost.

About 30 per cent of Northern Ireland's exports go south, and in last year's referendum, 56 per cent of the region's voters opposed Brexit.

However, he said he was skeptical to conclude that "Britons' sovereign decision on Brexit has been cast into doubt in any way".

While the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker expressed hope that the election result would have "no major impact" on Brexit negotiations, and that divorce talks could start as per schedule on 19th June. Despite May's insistence that the negotiations will proceed as planned, European officials are not convinced. "It was an incredible own goal".

The new arithmetic of the House of Commons will also makes Brexit negotiations more hard.


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