May's top aides resign after UK election fiasco

Few, not least Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, expected the UK's prospects to have changed so dramatically overnight.

Still, May's status remains shaky, at best, after the Conservatives' principal rival, the Labour Party, pulled off a dramatically positive showing at the ballot box Thursday.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start", Tusk tweeted.

Several have said that she seeks to concentrate too much power in her immediate circle, leaving her cabinet and parliament powerless.

Brancaccio: The term of art here has been hard Brexit, a cleaner break.

Within hours of the results being announced, reports suggest May had teamed up with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

"We will expect the British Government to honour their commitments in respect of the Good Friday Agreement".

And it will oppose any move with the Republic to impose checks at the border.

Another uncertainty for a Tory/DUP government is the future of the UK's crucial negotiations over its exit from the European Union (EU).

Upheaval for ruling Conservative Party? Casualties include the party's deputy leader Angus Robertson, and former SNP leader and party heavyweight Alex Salmond.

She insisted she would press ahead with Brexit talks, which are to begin in 10 days.

Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern after winning the most seats and votes.

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There had been speculation Mr Hammond, the Chancellor, would be vulnerable in a post-election re-shuffle and the decision to leave him in the Treasury was being seen as a sign of her weakness after her Commons majority was wiped out.

After losing her majority, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has urged the prime minister to quit, saying he is "ready to serve" himself, while Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said she "should be ashamed" and should resign "if she has an ounce of self respect".

But a dismal campaign has left the Prime Minister fending off a mutiny in her own party.

Before the historic Brexit vote previous year, some companies expressed concerns over the uncertainty of trade negotiations that would follow. But not for some time, let's get this clear. They didn't turn out in very large numbers in the Brexit referendum.

The conservative, pro-union party only gained two seats to take their Westminster tally to 10, but with the Tories short of a majority, the DUP has become disproportionately important.

Sinn Fein won seven seats but the party refuses to sit in the House of Commons, which requires swearing allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II. And at the end of the day, young people who most people assumed wouldn't turn out to vote, as they don't usually in this country, turned out en masse.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where same-sex marriage is not legal. They don't have a presence on the mainland, and they rarely get a look in on the national debate - which is dominated by the likes of the Conservatives, Labour, and smaller parties like Green and UKIP.

Once again, voters succeeding in confounding expectations, delivering surprise victories and resounding losses.

Among Tory MPs there was anger at the way a 20-point lead in the opinion polls when she called the election in had been squandered in the course of a campaign which was widely condemned as flat-footed and uninspiring.

He ended it with more than 30 extra seats and the UK's political system disrupted.

The result has badly damaged May's political authority. Former energy secretary Amber Rudd was narrowly re-elected in her seat.

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