Trump offers 'support' to May after polls setback

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Giugno 20, 2017

It is fair to say, this is not the result that many were expecting.

The last time the United Kingdom had a minority government was in 1996 when by-election defeats and defections erased the Conservative Party's majority. It also remains unclear what kind of understanding she has struck with socially conservative protestant lawmakers opposed to gay marriage and abortion rights.

On Friday, May announced that she would form a new government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party, which was founded by Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley and which in the past has shared power with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Party, in Northern Ireland.

After a meeting with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, May promised to keep pushing forward to "fulfill the promise of Brexit".

"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", DUP leader Arlene Foster told reporters in Belfast.

Mrs May would be able to pass this crucial figure with the support of the DUP but the Ulster party will demand significant concessions in return for propping up her adminstration.

Tusk added on Twitter: "We don t know when Brexit talks start". We know when they must end.

May had threatened to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal", with Britain s exit bill and the fate of European Union citizens in Britain among the early obstacles.

"She's then got to present a programme to Parliament".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also likely table a confidence motion in Parliament.

When May, back in April, at a time when polls showed her trouncing Labour by a 20-25% margin, called a snap election for June 8 (after earlier promising that she would not do such a thing), the Labour establishment figured it would turn out a disaster and finish off Corbyn as party leader.

While Britain's voters sent a clear signal of dissatisfaction to the ruling Conservatives, they were not prepared to put the opposition Labour Party into power.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain Friday to quickly launch Brexit talks with the European Union after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a harsh election setback.

That the result of the British election has come as a shock to Theresa May is stating the obvious, but what perhaps may not be as obvious is the underlying message it has given to the Tories and its leadership.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror, Mr Corbyn is champing at the bit and buzzing with enthusiasm.

Newcastle made history by becoming the first constituency to declare its result at 2300 local time in favour of the Labour party.

"Britain is about to find out the price of that failure".

"Hard Brexit went in the rubbish bin tonight", said former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, as Paul Nuttall, outgoing head of the anti-E.U. May's own future as leader of the Conservative Party could be in question.

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34.

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