Theresa May to 'reflect' after disastrous election result

The prime minister was the alpha and the omega of the Conservative campaign, which emblazoned her name in huge lettering on its posters and buses. Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several.

Whereas those who were against Brexit previous year split into those who "accept it is happening, so we'd better make a success of it" and those who wish to keep the issue open. It was a humiliating outcome after an election that May had meant to strengthen her ahead of the Brexit push.

It is not inconceivable, however, that this General Election may soften the direction of Brexit. And if Vermont senator Bernie Sanders' reaction to the United Kingdom election was any indication, the Brits' populist pride in the victory certainly reverberated across the pond.

The campaign began with a clear lead for May and the Conservatives, reinforcing a perception that Labour's Jeremy Corbyn was too left-wing to attract widespread support.

She told BBC Radio Wales: "We're still saying quite clearly that we would be ready to take over if Theresa May cannot cobble something together, and we're very doubtful that she can".

May has indicated that she will form a minority coalition government with the backing of a right-wing party from Northern Ireland, which will enable her to remain as prime minister.

By early afternoon all but one of the 650 seats had declared, with the Conservatives on 318, well short of the 326 they needed for an overall majority. The gainers have been their bitter rival - the Labour party. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of an exit poll projecting an uncertain result.

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack said the DUP's stance on abortion has left women in Northern Ireland in "dire circumstances" and described the potential tie-up with the Tories as a "coalition of cruelty".

Earlier in the day, she said the minority government would be supported by the DUP to bring stability to the future of Britain in the future of Brexit. It was founded in 1971 by Ian Paisley.

Voters may have been unimpressed with her refrain that "no deal is better than a bad deal" because it raised the prospect of Britain crashing out of the EU without a trade-and-immigration system to replace the existing, well-integrated procedures that have evolved over decades of European integration.

A senior Conservative lawmaker was in Belfast on Saturday for talks with the DUP, a spokeswoman for May's office said.

"I will never apologise for my view which is, yes of course you've got to inspire people, and we haven't done that well enough in the past". For a General Election ostensibly called because of Brexit, discussions were limited to which leader was trusted to deliver it, rather than what "it" would look like. "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended. But the continuing divisions across the country were laid bare in the election result. Opinion polls had suggested she had a commanding lead over Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, who added 29 seats.

"I wanted to achieve a larger majority, and that was not the result we achieved", she said.

If May is to succeed in delivering the wish of the 52 percent of voters who opted a year ago to take Britain out of the European Union, she must find a way to bridge the differences within her party to pass laws preparing for and enacting the departure.

"May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

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