Britain's May fights for survival

Britain's May fights for survival

Britain's May fights for survival

Britain looks set for months of political chaos.

Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to enter into an alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), after her Conservative Party suffered a stinging setback at the polls which left it with no majority and the country with a hung Parliament.

He believes his party still has "more to do" and needs to learn lessons so it can go on to win a majority. I said at the start this election was wrong. "When you're doing that going into Brexit negotiations - some of the most brutal, arduous negotiations this country has ever faced - you don't have a chance going up against it without really a strong majority".

After the result was declared in her constituency of Maidenhead, May gave a faltering speech. Now, Theresa May is seeking to form a government with the DUP - the only party who won enough seats to keep the Tories in power who haven't already rejected the idea of creating a coalition government with them. Opinion polls had suggested she had a commanding lead over Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, but Corbyn will be judged more of a victor than May.

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They'll be hoping to influence the government's plans for Northern Ireland, and to get a better deal for people there. She alienated core Conservative electors and the party's manifesto was poorly received. The Labour Party gained 32 seats, jumping from 229 to 261, setting back May and the Conservative Party.

Conservative supporters also said Brexit had been the most important factor in their decision, as did Liberal Democrat voters.

The Labour leader was just 2,227 votes away from being elected as the country's new Prime Minister. Tim Farron, the current leader, retained his seat with only a narrow majority.

Newspapers fronted with photos of British Prime Minister Theresa May and others are displayed at a shop in Westminster in London, Saturday June 10, 2017.

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In her brief Downing Street appearance, May made no reference to the huge election setback.

"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament".

One of the lead European Union negotiators, Guy Verhofstadt, criticized May on Twitter, writing: "Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated".

She had promised a "hard Brexit" if Britain did not like the terms of the divorce negotiated with the EU. Britain is a key trading partner for China and a potentially significant player in the belt and road project.

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But what message has the British electorate tried to send about Brexit, and will the European Union even push for a delay in talks until the situation is clearer?

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