Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

British election: PM May under pressure 'to go' after disastrous election result

British election: PM May under pressure 'to go' after disastrous election result

If accurate, the result will confound those who said Labour's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic.

In the end, it was the Brexit Election - just not in the way everyone predicted.

British voters dealt May a devastating blow, denying her the stronger mandate she had sought to conduct Brexit talks, Reuters reported.

In ten days, Britain is scheduled to begin its crucial negotiations with Europe that are meant to work out the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union. Instead, voters preferred the "softer Brexit" proposed by Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, or the "no Brexit" line touted by the Liberal Democrats, still fighting the cause for Remain.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May waits for the result of the vote in her constituency at the count centre for the general election in Maidenhead, June 9, 2017.

Delays or outright blockages on this legislation would place huge doubts over how Britain would control its borders and trade with the European Union after Brexit. Negotiations with European officials had been set to begin on June 19.

Commentators agreed the results were bad for the prime minister.

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Some political analysts doubt a Conservative minority government with support from the DUP would last over the long term, and think a second election is likely.

The Conservatives' other coalition options are limited.

May is seeking permission from Queen Elizabeth II to form a government despite losing the majority.

"She will need to worry about maintaining the support of Conservative MPs who are both critical of Europe and critical of her decision to hold an election and squander the Conservative party's majority", said John Bartle from the University of Essex. Shortly after, Theresa May said that what the country needed at this time was stability. Corbyn has already dramatically called for her resignation and murmurings among the British political class suggest Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be among the bookmakers' favorites to win the leadership race.

May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain.

"But if we get more of a softer Brexit or more of a globalist stance from the UK.it's good for Europe, the UK and USA assets".

The poll was released after polls closed at 10 p.m. (2100GMT), ending an unsettled national election held in the shadow of three deadly attacks in as many months. But since those local elections, the Labour and Conservative manifestoes changed everything.

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Nearly every other party which would have seats if the exit poll is correct, believes Ms May's Brexit plan would result in a hard a rupture with Europe that would damage the economy, making a coalition very difficult. It included a scheme that suggested senior citizens would have to pay for a portion of their social care, which critics called a "dementia tax".

"This election was called in order for the prime minister to gain a larger majority in order to assert her authority", said the Labour leader in his acceptance speech after winning in Islington North.

Government minister James Wharton was among the Conservative casualties and Home Secretary Amber Rudd's seat appeared under threat as the prospect of a hung parliament loomed.

Another factor that was crucial in Labour's surge was the youth vote. She could do this either by forming a formal coalition with one or more other parties, which would give those parties seats in her Cabinet.

Labour's finance spokesman and close Corbyn ally, John McDonnell, says he can achieve this while ensuring the national debt is reduced over the course of the next parliament.

Sky News predicted May would score somewhere between 315 and 325 seats.

With a handful of seats still to be declared, the Conservatives were predicted to win 319 seats, down from 331 in 2015 - yet another upset in a turbulent year since the European Union referendum in June 2016.

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