United Kingdom leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure

Britain's Primer Minister Theresa May addresses the country after Britain's election at Downing Street in London

Britain's Primer Minister Theresa May addresses the country after Britain's election at Downing Street in London

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has denied plotting to topple Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been weakened by the Conservative Party's disastrous election result. Finding support in parliament inconsistent, she made a decision to do a little surprise election of her own.

A major campaign issue centered on Britain's plan to leave the European Union, also called Brexit.

After the result was declared in her constituency of Maidenhead, May gave a faltering speech.

The prime minister maintained that the Brexit talks would begin as planned next week, but with her party's loss of 13 seats and its parliamentary majority, May will rely on the support of the DUP vote by vote.

Though May's Conservative Party emerged as the single largest party on a sensational election night, the impressive show by the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn sent the British politics into turmoil, putting May in a complex situation ahead of the Brexit talks scheduled to start on June 19.

They'll be hoping to influence the government's plans for Northern Ireland, and to get a better deal for people there. May had been misled by polls indicating that the Conservative Party would be able to decimate the Labour Party, which appeared to be in disarray under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

The pro-European Liberal Democrats, who have campaigned for a second European Union referendum, were projected to increase their number of seats from nine, but their former leader Nick Clegg, who was also a deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015, lost his seat.

Prime Minister Theresa May's chief of staff Nick Timothy and Joint-chief of staff Fiona Hill leave Conservative Party headquarters in London, Friday, June 9, 2017. Tim Farron, the current leader, retained his seat with only a narrow majority. Ms May's position as Prime Minister is already precarious enough. Being the first party in the House, she doubtless has the constitutional right to try to form a government. His replacement, Theresa May, once again overestimated her hand.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said he hoped there would be no further delays, and that the result of the United Kingdom general election would not have a "major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for".

Brexit negotiations will continue until March 2019. The EU does not want to delay Brexit.

Uncertainty sparked by the exit poll sent the value of the British pound tumbling 1.6%, to $1.27.

The gamble failed, with the Conservative party losing its strong polling lead over the course of the campaign.

"She is now reliant on the DUP and absolute loyalty from the Conservative party - loyalty that was not given to her over the Budget".

But as has become her modus operandi, she flip-flopped.

May has said she favors a "hard" Brexit.

After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May was expected to appoint a team that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history.

The attacks triggered a heated debate on whether the police are well-enough resourced to deal with terror threats.

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