British PM Theresa May's top aides resign following disastrous election results

British PM hangs on for now

British PM Theresa May's top aides resign following disastrous election results

May will also need the support of the socially conservative, pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which won 10 seats in Northern Ireland. The Labour Party gained 32 seats, jumping from 229 to 261, setting back May and the Conservative Party.

"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.

The poll forecast the Scottish National Party (SNP) would win 34 seats, the center-left Liberal Democrats 14, the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru three and the Greens one.

"She said, 'Give me a mandate.' And the answer was, 'No.' And that means we have to rethink everything, the entirety of the way we're doing Brexit", Dunt said.

May's party fell short of an overall majority following Thursday's vote, and plans to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

The result, as the general election showed, is a muddle. The elections weren't encouraged by May at first as she insisted on waiting for the official election in 2020; it was deemed as a destabilizer for the country by several parties.

May had hoped the election would focus on Brexit, but that never happened, as both the Conservatives and Labour said they would respect voters' wishes and go through with the divorce.

May won her Maidenhead seat in south-east England with 37,780 votes, but faced pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority she had before the election.

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The DUP's deputy leader Nigel Dodds confirmed that the party's condition for shoring up the new Tory government is an assurance that Northern Ireland will not be accorded special European Union status after Brexit that will keep it distinct from the rest of the United Kingdom.

This sort of thing will be par for the course in a country like India in a situation of "hung" Parliament when the ruling party did not win outright, but seems unusual for Britain.

Labour under him polled 40 per cent of the vote, the highest for the party since 1970, and only slightly behind Ms May's Tories.

May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

The Conservatives recorded their best result in Burnley for 25 years as Paul White finished second to Labour. The EU does not want to delay Brexit.

George Osborne, the former finance minister who stepped down at the election, told ITV that the results were "catastrophic" for his party. And the party has a duty to fulfil this commitment to the 42% of the electorate who voted for the Conservatives and certainty.

The Labour leader, who survived an attempt to oust him by his own MPs before the election, now expects that he will be able to attract some of the party's biggest names to serve on his front bench.

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