Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United Kingdom headlines reflect election drama

United Kingdom headlines reflect election drama

No party can form the government due to not having a majority under the "First-past-the-post" system.

Labour has ruled out forming a coalition, while Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader, has also said his party would not repeat its painful experience of coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

"This is a very bad moment for the Conservative Party, and we need to take stock", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry said.

May called this snap election in April in an attempt to strengthen the Conservative majority and deliver a mandate on Brexit.

But whatever Mrs May's personal future, some Tory ministers were speculating last night that the party might be forced to call a second general election this year - a repeat of the two elections held in 1974.

"Clearly, the fact that the Conservatives will be able to get past the 326 line with the help of Northern Ireland's DUP is probably allowing markets, at least at this early stage, to keep a sense of perspective".

"At this time, more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability", she said in Maidenhead, west of London, her voice at times shaking.

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"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV. She reversed a policy on care for the elderly - dubbed the "dementia tax" by Labour - when it proved unpopular and refused to appear in TV debates with Mr Corbyn. "I would have thought that's enough" for her to resign. The Conservatives were the largest party but the sitting Labour prime minister, Gordon Brown, stayed in Downing Street while backroom negotiations got under way over the Saturday and Sunday following polling day on the Thursday. But there is also a chance the United Kingdom could go back to polls later this year under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, if two- thirds of MPs vote for it and lose confidence in a government that is not strong enough.

However, with almost all votes counted, the Conservatives are on 315 seats, short of the 326 mark that ensures a majority.

If the minority government is created, there is usually another election held pretty soon afterwards, either by the minority government themselves to get the majority vote, or by their opposition who can call into question their confidence of the minority government.

"She's a remarkable and very talented woman and she doesn't shy away from hard decisions, but she now has to obviously consider her position".

Such polls have generally been reliable, although political leaders on both sides immediately cautioned against reading too much into them this early.

"MAYHEM" screamed the headline in the tabloid Sun newspaper."Britain on a knife edge", said the Daily Mail. Commentators had suggested that turnout, particularly among young people, would be key to the result, with Labour benefiting from a high turnout particularly among young people who had been inspired by Labour Leader Jeremcy Corbyn's campaign, centred around the idea of "For the Many Not the Few", against the Conservatives' "strong and stable" emphasis.

Realistically, it will be up to either May or Corbyn to rally the support of the smaller parties to create a coalition party, and whoever gets to 326 seats first is essentially the victor.

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Deputy leader Angus Robertson, one of the strongest SNP performers in the House of Commons, was an early casualty.

May, who took over after last year's Brexit referendum, began the formal two-year process of leaving the European Union on March 29, promising to take Britain out of the single market and cut immigration.

It looks like Theresa May's gamble of a snap election has failed, and now there are calls for her resignation.

"Closer to $1.20, I still see sterling as a cheap currency, so there is value in sterling".

The surge did not help the smaller parties make the comeback they had hoped for, and instead seemed to help return Britain to the kind of two-party politics that seemed to have been left behind in recent elections.

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

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