Theresa May's election gamble backfires as voters throw a surprise

Andrew Cummings
June 15, 2017

He had annoyed many Conservatives who want a clean break with the European Union by stressing the need for a Brexit deal that allows companies to keep on hiring the migrant workers they need, and took the blame for a policy U-turn in March when he quickly dropped a plan to raise social security tax for self-employed workers.

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she will enter talks with May in an effort to pursue "stability" in Parliament, without giving further details on the conditions for the party's support. Corbyn's Labour Party now has 261 seats.

May wanted to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc. Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit representative for the European Parliament, said today that the result was "yet another own goal - after Cameron now May", referring to last year's Brexit referendum.

Writing in The Guardian, Simon Jenkins suggests that the nearly complete collapse of the Ukip vote and the "probable increase in emboldened Remain MPs" would largely undermine May's stance on Hard Brexit. The country would also gain full control over its borders. On election night, Corbyn led one of the largest swings to Labour since World War II. However, many top party officials have called for a "softer" process.


After the voting, Corbyn called on May to resign. What she didn't bargain for were the Labour voters who were mobilized by their country's terrifying direction.

But EU budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said May was now likely to be a "weak" partner.

"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". "What the new set-up means for #Brexit we will have to wait and see", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a tweet. "The math and chemistry in the Commons will be pushing away from a hard Brexit", he said. "I expect more uncertainty".

"Britain will now go into its most important challenge in 40 years - extricating itself from the European Union - at a severe disadvantage", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from London. May's office said Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking.


After a meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, May promised to keep pushing forward to "fulfill the promise of Brexit".

French doesn't think Brexit didn't really influence the outcome of the election for the Conservatives. Other issues included the future of the government-run National Health Service, immigration and the economy.

Major also relied on the support of the DUP after he secured a slim majority of 21 seats in the 1992 election.

The Conservatives have won 44 per cent of the vote, Labour 41 per cent, the Liberal Democrats 8 per cent, UKIP 2 per cent and the Greens 2 per cent. Caty Weaver was the editor. "We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar", Merkel said.


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