'Bernie Would Have Won': Sanders Supporters See Hope In UK Election

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2017

Some EU officials and members of the European Parliament took aim at British Prime Minister Theresa May - who called the UK's snap election in an attempt to strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks - and the wider Conservative Party.

Following a hung parliament in the snap election she called, Mrs May said she would form a minority government to deliver Brexit.

The Conservatives secured just 318 seats, not enough to reach the 326 seat threshold for a parliamentary majority. May had been expected to win comfortably. Sources add that the meeting of the European Council on 22 June is the EU's new deadline for wanting to know May's plan now that she no longer holds a working majority.

A delay in forming a government could push back the start of Brexit talks, now scheduled for June 19, and reduce the time available for what are expected to be the most complex negotiations in post-World War Two European history.

Labour performed above all expectations at the ballot box, winning 262 seats.

The British pollsters - and prime minister - have come up short once again. The result is also perhaps the start of the revival of the Labour Party.

Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Brexit talks could wait until the new government was ready.

Number 10 had earlier said: "We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative Government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week".

"The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do so that we will fulfill the promise of Brexit together", May said.

"Theresa May is certainly the strongest leader that we have at the moment", David Jones, a junior Brexit minister, told the BBC.

"As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said yesterday in a televised statement. He is committed to heeding the results of Britain's European Union membership referendum a year ago in which 52 percent voted Leave against 48 percent in favour of Remain. "I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", he said, adding that the result would "make already complex negotiations even more complicated", and that "this is not only about the United Kingdom, but also about the future of Europe".

"We put forward our policies - strong and hopeful policies - and they've gained an wonderful response and traction", he said.

"What the country needs now more than ever is certainty", she said.

But Tory voters thought their party would do a better job of negotiating Brexit and believed Theresa May would be the best Prime Minister.

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