Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May
Jun 12 2017 by Lorena Waters
"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV.
Ms. May said the government would guide the country through critical Brexit talks, due to take place later this month, suggesting there would be no change to the timeline.
With the Brexit talks set to be held on 19 June, EU leaders predicted that it may be possible that the United Kingdom will demand a delay from the European Union as the formation of a government can possibly take a while following the results of the general elections.
The Labour Party, which exceeded expectations to win 266 seats, will continue to pile on pressure on Theresa May to resign - and she will continue to resist, in the name of "stability".
May said she could rely in parliament on the support of her "friends" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after her governing Conservatives failed to emerge as clear winners. May called for the snap election just seven weeks ago, rather than waiting until the next scheduled national election in 2020.
But on Friday, May said she planned to stick to the timetable for starting the negotiations.
A poll of 1,500 Conservative Party members has found that 60% believe that Theresa May should quit as Prime Minister. Instead of a projected landslide in her favour, May ended up throwing away the small majority that the former David Cameron-led party had won in the 2015 general election. And Mrs May is deluded if she thinks she will be any different.
May took a gamble in April by calling for the snap election.
May's focal campaign message was her "strong and stable" leadership that would take Britain through divorce proceedings with Brussels.
Although the 261 seats won by Labour are far behind the 317 for the Conservatives and there is no coalition that could give Corbyn a majority, Labour did win 40% of the vote compared to 42.4% for the Conservatives. Corbyn, too, will name a new shadow cabinet - perhaps with more senior Labour Party figures who refused to serve under him before.
Sinn Fein says former nationalist guerillas and military personnel must be treated equally, and has accused the DUP of attempting to give immunity to former British soldiers accused of torture.
Reuters reports that Gunther H. Oettinger, a European Commission budget and human resources commissioner, expressed doubt about the talks starting as planned. "We are a Labour government in waiting, not a protest movement", he lectured Corbyn during a debate. "Time for everyone to regroup".
"The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge", Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster told reporters.
May had called for the early elections in the hopes of gaining a larger majority and a stronger mandate when negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, known as Brexit.
For many British voters, the feeling after the country's third major vote in as many years was weariness.
The Conservatives are on 319 seats with one left to declare, a loss of 11 seats. She did not get that mandate. Some Brexit advocates want the U.K.to reject terms offered by the EU and possibly leave the union without an agreement.
Many predicted May would soon be gone.
The increase mostly benefited Labour, which won the majority of seats where turn out was up by more than five per cent. Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, said the results were "a disaster for Theresa May", the BBC reports. "That's what we have seen tonight".
In fact, Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, is being hailed as May's savior after the party wrested 13 seats in this election, up from just one in 2015. "Thatcher put me out of work when she closed pits", said Jim Smith, 74, who lost his job at a mining machinery firm.
In a night that redrew the political landscape once again, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) lost millions of voters, triggering the resignation of leader Paul Nuttall.