Tottering Theresa May names new UK Cabinet as critics circle

EU chuckles at May's misfortune, braces for trouble

EU chuckles at May's misfortune, braces for trouble

British Prime Minister Theresa May's wager on gaining majority backfired when her Conservatives party emerged the largest but lost majority in a snap election on June 8, 2017.

With results showing May's Conservatives have lost their majority in parliament, party members blamed what one called a "just awful" campaign, training their ire on an election team that highlighted the 60-year-old's flaws by sticking doggedly to an agreed script instead of masking her weaknesses. To avoid any real debate about the issues Britain faces - in particular, the reality of Brexit - she had to make the election about nothing at all.

"At any point a tiny number of either Conservatives or Democratic Unionist MPs could say "we won't put up with this" on anything that happens", said Tony Travers, a professor of government at the London School of Economics. "Over the next five years build a country in which no one and no community is left behind, a country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared across this United Kingdom".

Ms May is expected to form a minority government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party (of Northern Ireland), which is likely to offer informal support.

She claims that this government will get the country through the Brexit talks and will lead Britain forward.

Neither the Conservatives or the opposition Labour Party were able to reach the 326 seats required for an absolute majority government.

The Labour Party leadership is making preparations for a Queen's Speech to be presented alongside Mrs May's official programme at the State Opening of Parliament on June 19. Their priority will be to get the best deal for Northern Ireland.

In a night that redrew the political landscape once again, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) lost millions of voters, triggering the resignation of its leader Paul Nuttall.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start", Tusk posted on Twitter.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", the Conservative leader said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote.

Meanwhile the supposed loser, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, savored a surprisingly strong result and basked in the adulation of an energized, youthful base.

Initially blind-sided by May's snap election call, and written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop.

Corbyn was even praised by some members of the Conservative party, who said he had campaigned effectively and exposed Theresa May's flaws, such as her introversion and lack of comfort with crowds.

Norway's foreign minister, whose country twice voted against joining the European Union but has access to the bloc's single market, said Brexit talks would be "harder than we hoped" after Britain's result.

May called the election called in a bid to strengthen her mandate ahead of European Union exit talks. To make matters worse, she saw her majority evaporate.

"The prime minister has spoken with me this morning", Foster said. "Imagine she survives until autumn of next year", he said.

The election's biggest victor was Corbyn, who confounded expectations that his left-wing views made him electorally toxic. The EU has insisted that the talks must be completed within two years and they have said Britain must first cover all of the financial costs associated with leaving, such as continuing pension obligations.

The Conservatives held 330 seats in the last Parliament, compared with 229 for Labour, 54 for the Scottish National Party and nine for the Liberal Democrats. I can not imagine a situation in which the DUP will have any influence on the Conservative Party or the Government's policies on equality.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Britain to stick to the Brexit talks timetable and prevent more uncertainty clouding Germany's upcoming federal electoral campaign.

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