Theresa May's political power is 'massively weakened' following United Kingdom snap election

Posted June 19, 2017

Theresa May behaved on Friday like a prime minister who had won a fresh mandate, driving along the Mall to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government. Further announcements were expected on Saturday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May left her Downing Street residence on Friday evening from a back entrance, after losing an election gamble days before the start of talks on Britain's departure from the European Union.

One DUP lawmaker suggested support for May could come vote by vote, making the job of governing fraught with risk.

This was the very outcome May was trying to avoid by calling a snap election to strengthen her hand regarding Brexit.

On Twitter, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest grouping, the European People's Party, said, "EU did not want #Brexit, but has been prepared to negotiate it since previous year".

In a night that redrew the political landscape once again, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) lost millions of voters, triggering the resignation of its leader Paul Nuttall.

With 650 MPs in Parliament, 326 seats are needed for an absolute majority in the House of Commons.

Referring to the "strong relationship" she had with the DUP, but giving little detail of how their arrangement might work, she said the government would "guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks" that begin in just 10 days' time.

Mrs. May wants to remain in office for the next five years, but most analysts agree that the Conservative establishment will terminate her premiership when the time is right and they will select another candidate to lead them into the next general election - Judy.

European Union leaders expressed concern that May's loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing, resulting in a legal limbo for people and business.

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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.

There was little sympathy for May from some Europeans. The result ended his career and shocked Europe.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

He said the Conservative election manifesto - which Hill and Timothy were key in drafting - was "a full assault on the core Tory voters, who are senior citizens".

"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility", Corbyn said, predicting that there could be another election within months.

The DUP, whose 10 seats would allow the government to get measures through Parliament, is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and includes both environmentalists and climate-change deniers among its senior ranks.

"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Leslie said: "We shouldn't pretend that this is a famous victory". Since then, a combination of poor campaigning, increased security concerns after three terror attacks, and rising popularity for Labour caused her plan to backfire.

"I am delighted to see Labour do so well", the Vermont senator said in a Facebook post, linking to a Guardian news story.