Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Why history says Theresa May should go

A shock result in Britain's snap general election has resulted in a hung parliament in a major blow to Theresa May who wanted to boost the Conservatives majority in parliament.

But in one of the most sensational nights in British electoral history, a resurgent Labour Party denied her an outright win, throwing the country into political turmoil as no clear victor emerged.

The prime minister, who has faced calls to step down, told ITV News she would "reflect on the results and what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".

Jeremy Corbyn still thinks he can become prime minister instead of Theresa May.

However she said he, along with foreign secretary Boris Johnson, home secretary Amber Rudd, defence secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit minister David Davis would remain in their posts.

But problems immediately loomed for May amid concerns over her new ally, the DUP, with critics decrying the regional party's opposition to gay marriage and abortion.

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The rattled PM said she will form a minority with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party despite calls to stand down.

"I'm never going to give in arguing for what I believe is a pathway to a majority Labour government", he added. The issue didn't resonate on the campaign trail, and it didn't resonate at the ballot box either: The party got a slightly smaller percentage of the vote than last time.

While the party backed Britain's exit from the European Union, it has pushed back in the past against a "hard Brexit".

"It is the policy of both the Conservative party and the UK Labour party to respect the Brexit referendum result".

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called her a "dead woman walking".

But in United Kingdom elections this result does not automatically trigger another election.

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May called the election to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc. Conservatives continue to be the largest party in the UK.

Of the agreement she said: "This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

Davidson, one of the few Conservatives to emerge as a victor from the election after she increased the party's presence in Scotland, said she had demanded, and received, "categoric assurance" from May that the policy would not change.

While Theresa May's party fights to hold on to its leadership position, the Liberal Democrats - the only of the three traditionally mainstream parties to have steadfastly opposed Brexit - failed to turn that straw into electoral gold.

That would leave the Tories with 12 fewer seats than in the previous parliament, while Labour is projected to finish with 260 MPs.

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