What does a hung Parliament mean for the UK?

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives won 318 seats, short of the 326-mark needed to command parliamentary majority.

The Conservative Party would now need to form a coalition government with another party to form a majority, while were hoping for Labour do the same with other more left-wing parties.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to be a "bloody hard woman" during her country's upcoming divorce negotiations with the European Union, has been ruthlessly reminded that British voters can be bloody hard as well.

There's no enthusiasm among Conservative Party lawmakers for a challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership after the Tory losses in Thursday's United Kingdom general election, the official who speaks for them said.

That's odd, because surely one of the most noteworthy aspects of the election was the surprisingly strong showing of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Instead of a formal coalition, May could seek to govern through a so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement with the DUP, in which the Northern Irish party agrees to support the minority Conservative government on vital matters, such as the budget, in return for concessions.


"I think what I'm hearing mostly from colleagues is that there is no appetite for plunging the government and country into a period of turmoil, that we really do want to try to offer some continuity", Brady told the BBC in an interview. Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party (SNP) had won 35 seats, the Liberal Democrats were at 12 and the Democratic Unionist Party had secured 10.

The support of the 10 members of parliament elected for the DUP, the more hardline of the two traditional pro-British parties in Northern Ireland, puts May just over the threshold to form a government.

THERESA May has promised to provide "certainty" for Britain, despite a disastrous performance in a snap election that saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament. May said she'd be willing to get rid of some human rights laws to better combat terrorism, but it seems voters didn't give into their fear as much as anticipated and agreed with Labour's stance that defeating terrorism can't come from "ripping up our basic rights and our democracy". May formally triggered the two-year Brexit departure timetable in March.

The Labour Party, which had been written off by critics as all but unelectable, surged to 261 seats, up 29 from its tally in the 2015 election.

One of many key questions for the coming days will be what approach is taken to the Brexit negotiations, even if May stays as prime minister.


Mr Hammond, 61, was named Chancellor of The exchequer by Mrs May shortly after she took over as prime minister almost a year ago, in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

European Union leaders fear that May's majority loss would delay the talks, which are due to begin June 19.

The shock defeat for Conservatives - despite the pre-poll projections of a comfortable majority - was seen by the British media as a "humiliation" for May to continue in her position.

The talks, which the European Union wants to ensure a legally smooth British departure, would be more uncertain without a strong negotiating partner, he said.


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