Jeremy Corbyn could have been Prime Minister if it wasn't for Scotland

Croydon Guardian

Croydon Guardian

The shock defeat for Conservatives - despite the pre-poll projections of a comfortable majority - was seen by the British media as a "humiliation" for May to continue in her position.

Mrs May has reached a "confidence and supply" agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Britain's general election resulted in what the English call a "hung Parliament," conjuring grisly images from the Middle Ages but actually meaning no party got a majority.

Experts say one reason Jeremy Corbyn, who heads the Labour Party, did so well in this election is because Labour, which did not support Brexit, publicly accepted the move nonetheless.

Instead, her election gamble has failed and she and her Conservative party have been weakened, with many today questioning May's future as prime minister. I would've thought that's enough to go, actually.

May announced the party would try to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, an alliance that is fraught with difficulties.

"I think if we'd had a large Conservative majority like all the polling was pointing to, then Theresa May could've pushed through her version of Brexit which is outside the single market, outside the customs union with tight control over migration, and not giving much money into the EU pot in terms of paying for access", explains French.

But that gamble did not pay off, as concerns about social programs and security issues replaced Brexit as the main talking points in the United Kingdom.

By early afternoon all but one of the 650 seats had declared, with the Conservatives on 318, well short of the 326 they needed for an overall majority.

From the EU's perspective, the electoral upset meant a possible delay in the start of Brexit talks and an increased risk that negotiations would fail.

Reuters reports that Gunther H. Oettinger, a European Commission budget and human resources commissioner, expressed doubt about the talks starting as planned.

The Prime Minister's campaign was widely criticised for not engaging with voters and stumbling on key issues. "Time for everyone to regroup".

The BBC claimed that even though the Prime Minister now has fewer seats than when she called the election, she had no immediate plans to stand down.

Predictions of Conservative success became more modest as the party's campaign faltered following a series of missteps.

Perplexed EU leaders, unexpectedly faced with the prospect of dealing with now-shaky British leadership, sought Friday to make sense of the drama, but also made clear that while Britain might be accorded time to regroup, it should not expect an extension of the two-year deadline for the Brexit talks to end.

"She put her party before her country". Not to force the take it or leave it, but to discover how much the other 27 European Union states which to retain free movement, and how far they wish to modify it. How stable can such a government be is anyone's guess.

May "is in a very hard place. she now has to obviously consider her position".

The broadcaster said Sturgeon was "disappointed at the SNP losses".

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.

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