Clinging on to her job, Britain's May appoints new ministers
Jun 11 2017
May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.
Ruth Davidson, leader of Conservatives in Scotland, where the party did well, said the results showed the Conservatives should prioritise good trade relations with the EU.
British newspapers summed it up in a word: "Mayhem". She will accept the outcome of this election.
The resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government.
Later she softened her approach, promising to reflect on the election.
May sought permission Friday from head of state Queen Elizabeth II to form a minority government, supported by Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn's supporters at bloodying Mrs May' s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory".
The final result was announced nearly 24 hours after polls closed. It is far from guaranteed to vote the deal through."A failure to get legislation through parliament could eventually result in the need for another election.Party insiders are placing bets on how long May will last, less than a year after Britain's surprise referendum decision propelled her into Downing Street". It may well be able to form a minority government with the help of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party in the coming days and weeks, but the prime minister's ability to cling to the keys of Number 10 Downing Street is very much in doubt, and her stated goal of unifying the country behind her ahead of the upcoming Brexit negotiations with European Union leaders is utterly out of reach.
Cutting a deal with the DUP, which won 10 seats, may not be straightforward. The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives. Her predecessor, David Cameron, first asked British voters to decide in 2016 whether to leave the EU.
"Without a doubt, this 2017 General Election will.be recalled as the event that captured the imagination of a new generation of young people who announced their return to the electoral stage in a way not seen in decades", said Professor Matt Henn, an expert in young people and politics at Nottingham Trent University.
Anand Menon, professor of politics at King's College London, said her lack of a parliamentary majority made it far more likely that Britain would leave the European Union without a deal. We know when they must end.
"I don't believe personally that Theresa May will remain as our prime minister indefinitely".
That did not help May, who had overseen cuts in police numbers during six years in her previous job as interior minister.
The election's biggest victor was Corbyn, who confounded expectations that his left-wing views made him electorally toxic. "They didn't want to leave the EU".
Media commentators agreed she had been badly damaged, and some predicted she and her strategy for Brexit could struggle to survive. "I blame her party for destroying Britain by pushing for Brexit and austerity, two things that will ultimately be bad for my generation".
"I voted with my heart and my head".
From the start, an election called by May when polls gave her a commanding lead did not go to plan.
Late in the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues. They sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.
"May fights to remain PM", the Daily Telegraph headlined.
For many British voters, the feeling after the country's third major vote in as many years was weariness.
"Scotland needs a seat at the negotiations to leave the European Union - and it's time for the Tories to ditch their plans for an extreme Brexit".