A look at what a hung Parliament means for Britain

A look at what a hung Parliament means for Britain

She said: "What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to stay on at 10 Downing Street despite suffering major losses in the general election, her aides announced Friday.

Currently, the Conservatives hold 317 seats, Labour won 261, and the Liberal Democrats have 12 seats, and the Scottish National Party hold 35 seats, and the Democratic Unionist Party has 10.

The Conservative government has pledged to deliver Brexit by the end of March 2019, and negotiations with the European Union are due to formally begin on June 19, with Britain's negotiators seeking to ensure the best possible free trade deal with the EU.

"I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", said Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, as he responded to the result that left Britain with a hung parliament.

Theresa May behaved on Friday like a prime minister who had won a fresh mandate, driving along the Mall to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government.

Later, the BBC revised its predictions to give 322 seats to the Conservatives, which may be just enough to have a "working majority", as a small number of MPs do not vote.

Leftist opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour party surged from 20 points behind in the opinion polls, has told May to quit after she "lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

Election dents Scottish nationalists' hopes for independence
Generally speaking, this group of people voted Yes in the 2014 independence referendum because they saw it as a left-wing option. Sturgeon railed against May's approach to Brexit , arguing that the United Kingdom was headed towards a "bad deal ".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on her to step down, saying she should "go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country".

She called a snap election in April, convinced she would receive an overwhelming mandate for her strategy and a strengthened hand in her negotiations with the European Union, which begin on June 19. Together, the two parties will have a narrow majority in Parliament.

"The arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost, and we need to change".

She warned European Union ambassadors in January that attempts to punish Britain would be an "act of calamitous self-harm" for European Union countries and repeatedly told voters during the campaign that she would be prepared to walk away from talks without a deal. Who forms the government? "With a weak negotiating partner, there's the danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides..."

May became prime minister after David Cameron, who had campaigned against Brexit, stepped down following the referendum, in which 52% voted to leave the 28-nation EU. "So let's not kid ourselves", he said.

I was at the count in Birmingham Edgbaston where the Conservatives needed a three-and-a half percent swing, a basic prerequisite for that "stronger hand" Theresa May once talked about. Scots clearly do not feel so strongly about Brexit that they were prepared to contemplate an early referendum to avoid leaving the EU.

Her campaign unravelled after a policy U-turn on care for the elderly, while Mr Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wide support.

Then, attacks in Manchester and London that killed a total of 30 people brought the campaign to a halt - twice, sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.

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