A look at what a hung Parliament means for Britain
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 12:59
British Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament, throwing British politics into chaos. Nick Clegg, the party's former leader who was Deputy Prime Minister under the 2010 coalition with the Conservatives, lost his seat, while the party leader, Tim Farron, held on with a narrow majority.
Looking tense as she delivered remarks after being re-elected to her Maidenhead constituency, 30 miles west of London, May said, "The country needs a period of stability and whatever the result the Conservative Party will ensure that we fulfill our duty in ensuring that stability".
May has said that she will begin to form her government, with the support of the DUP (Democratic Unionists Party).
Under British law, a political party (in this case, the Conservatives headed by May) can call an election ahead of the end of their terms time.
"Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy", said Paul Nuttall, the leader of the pro-Brexit U.K. Independence Party.
One of the main Leave campaigners during the UK's 2016 Brexit campaign, Johnson was widely expected to stand for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and the prime ministership, after former United Kingdom leader David Cameron resigned.
On June 23 it will be a full year since Britain voted to leave the EU.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, described the election result as "yet another own goal" for the UK.
European Union budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the European Union is prepared to stick to the timetable that calls for negotiations to start in mid-June, but said it would take a few hours at least to see how the results of the election play out in forming a government.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also said he hoped there would be no further delay to the negotiations "we are desperately waiting for".
'The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence, ' he said.
That is simply unsustainable, said political analyst Ian Dunt, author of the book Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? As one teaching student at the University of London told VOA, "I think most of us here were against Brexit past year".
According to the article, May could face a challenge for her leadership of the party, and thus the premiership, if she does abandon her push for a "hard brexit".
The exit poll predicted May's party would not win a majority of the 650 seats in parliament to take office alone, meaning she would have to form a coalition or attempt to govern with the backing of other smaller parties. She sought to deflect pressure onto Corbyn, arguing he had a weak record on security matters.