May's UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after traveling to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen's permission to form a minority government in London

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after traveling to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen's permission to form a minority government in London

Damian Green, a lawmaker in the pro-EU wing of the party, was promoted to first secretary of state - effectively deputy prime minister. May said outside Downing Street after returning from Buckingham Palace, where she received the Queen's permission to form a government, though the Conservatives lost at least 12 seats. Further announcements were expected on Saturday.

Instead of improving the Conservative hold on the House, she weakened it to the point that it will only take four dissidents from the coalition membership to topple the government.

It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one DUP lawmaker suggested support might come vote by vote.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner. May is under pressure after the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

Prior to June 8, the leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon was pushing hard for a second referendum, after losing the 2014 independence vote.

"The last thing business leaders need is a parliament in paralysis, and the consequences for British businesses and for the United Kingdom as an investment destination would be severe", said Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors business lobby. The Vermont senator - who narrowly failed to win his bid for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House - said he had watched the United Kingdom results coming in on Thursday and was very pleased about the party's showing.

German politician and European Union executive member Guenther Oettinger said, however, that a weak British leader increased the risk negotiations would turn out badly.

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A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties. Our negotiations with the European Union will be stifled by parliamentary and legal challenges every single inch of the way, wasting untold time and money. "It is also important for the prospect of successful Brexit negotiations that we have certainty in the political system", she added in a statement.

Front and center among many questions facing May's new government is the matter of Brexit.

Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum previous year in what became popularly known as Brexit. The result ended his career and shocked Europe. "Now let's get to work". Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor Party leader often dismissed (even by many in his own party) as an ineffectual ideologue, galvanized younger and working-class voters with an egalitarian message of "For the Many, Not the Few".

However, the Conservative Party were only 287 votes from forming a majority government and could have done so by winning four seats.

Agreeing a position with the DUP is going to be "very hard for May", argues Bronwen Maddox, the director of the Institute for Government, a think tank.

May unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, three years early, polls predicting she would massively increase the slim majority she inherited from Cameron.

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