Theresa May to 'reflect' after disastrous election result


British Prime Minister Theresa May won the country's snap election, but she lost her parliamentary majority.

British newspapers summed it up in a word: Mayhem.

But May was determined to hang on.

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.

"I obviously wanted a different result last night", a grim-faced May acknowledged, promising she would "reflect on what happened".

Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament.

May's ruling Conservative Party lost seats to Labor and the Liberal Democrats and ended with 318 seats.

Office worker Christina Kelly, 38, described the result as "not exactly an ideal situation" but said it would likely focus more attention on Northern Ireland and particularly how Brexit would affect the region. Labour's vote share jumped from 30 per cent to 40 per cent. "I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take".

"I will now form a government", May said in front of No. 10 Downing St. moments after speaking with Queen Elizabeth II, "a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".

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This is the first time since the 1990s that Britain has a minority government, in which the governing party can not get measures though Parliament without outside support.

"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together, in the interests of the whole United Kingdom", she added.

The strong showing by the Labour Party, which has advocated for closer ties with the European Union single market, is an indication the British are wary of breaking away sharply from the bloc.

UKIP: A big goose egg for the UK Independence Party - the nationalist movement that favored an exit from the European Union.

The pound hit an eight-week low against the dollar and its lowest levels in seven months versus the euro before recovering slightly after May said she would form a government backed by her "friends" in the DUP. Her predecessor, David Cameron, first asked British voters to decide in 2016 whether to leave the EU.

After the voting, Corbyn called on May to resign.

The latest election shock is "yet another own goal" that will make "already complex negotiations even more complicated", said the European Parliament's top Brexit official, Guy Verhofstadt. The party is dedicated to an open border with the Republic of Ireland and may demand that be included in Brexit negotiations. While Pollard himself expressed confusion and horror as to why so many of his countrymen voted for the "toxic" Corbyn, he places much of the blame on the Conservative's "rubbish" campaign. The party elects its own leader internally, and that person becomes the Prime Minister, who in turn choses their Cabinet to head all major government agencies, including a Defense Minister, Home Secretary, Foreign Minister, etc. This, along with Corbyn's hard relationship with Jewish communities, may have helped a battered May retain her position. May tried to portray herself as a singular leader, but now she can stay in power only with the help of one of the small Northern Irish parties.

The election's biggest victor was Corbyn, who confounded expectations that his left-wing views made him electorally toxic.

A shattered Prime Minister told Sky News that those who lost out in their constituencies following a failed election campaign did not deserve to be ousted as she saw her Commons majority wiped out.