'Worst possible outcome' - analysts react to United Kingdom early election results

Andrew Cummings
June 12, 2017

Her Conservatives struck an outline deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support on key legislation, a humiliating outcome for them after an election meant to make them a dominant force.

The Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas has said she would never prop up a Tory administration and would look to work with a Labour minority Government.

If any proposed new government fails to gain a majority of support in the House of Commons for a Queen's speech, its proposed legislative programme, the United Kingdom would be forced to have another general election.

The DUP, which took 10 seats, was considering an arrangement which would involve it supporting a Conservative minority government on key votes in parliament but not forming a formal coalition, Sky said.

"This Government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days time".

Many believe the results of 2017 general elections will also impact Britain's exit from the 27-nation bloc as the main reason behind calling for sudden elections was to strength May hands in the Parliament so as to negotiate with Brussels and pass necessary legislation.

When Theresa May called the election on April 18, all experts predicted a landslide majority.

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were afoot within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

The Liberal Democrats gained four seats to amass 12 MPs but lost their former leader and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, while the Scottish National Party kept just 35 of its 56 seats and lost its Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, and former First Minister, Alex Salmond. For the first time in nearly a century, the party lost their Canterbury seat to Labour.

Pressed on how long she would stay PM, Mr Jones said: "That remains to be seen".

"If, as the indications have shown and if this is correct, the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do".

Foster, according to Beth Rigby, of Sky News, said a deal with the Tories would "cost her (May) a lot. considerably more resources, more influence, more investment in trade deals".

Downing St. said the Cabinet will discuss the agreement on Monday.

Party leader Foster is expected to seek concessions in a new government.

There had been speculation that Mr Hammond in particular would be vulnerable if the Prime Minister had been returned - as she had hoped - with an increased majority.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties.

However, she did hail the election campaign as having been very successful for the DUP.

The UK is now in another state of political uncertainty as the Brexit negotiations with the European Union are set to start on June 19.

The Conservative leader is making the request at Buckingham Palace at the moment.

SCULLY: I think Theresa May's finished.

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"Your vote will help secure a stronger economy and a brighter future for Britain", she said, sticking to campaign themes.

However, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest party the EEP underscored that "Article 50 is ticking" and Theresa May "should have used time for negotiations, not for elections".

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