British Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed to win the 326 seats required to achieve a majority in the House of Commons, has met with Queen Elizabeth. May told reporters that she will form a minority government to lead Britain through the Brexit talks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May met with Queen Elizabeth hours after the results of the shocking general election showed that she failed to win a majority in the House of Commons. With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May’s ruling party has 318 seats, eight seats short of a majority, while the opposition Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn has 261 seats. The Scottish National Party won 35 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 12 and the Democratic Unionist Party won 10.
Despite failing to win a majority of the seats, May will attempt to form a government. She has signed a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which will allow her to establish a minority government. According to the DUP, the deal will be based on a “confidence and supply” agreement, which means that May does not need to form a coalition.
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May had a slight majority in the previous parliament and had decided to call an early election in an attempt to strengthen her position in the Brexit talks. The UK is now in another state of political uncertainty as the Brexit negotiations with the EU are set to start on June 19.
“What the country needs now more than ever is certainty,” May said. “Having secured the largest number of votes and greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear the Conservatives and Unionist party has the legitimacy to provide that.”
Corbyn urged May to resign, saying that she should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country.” He also claimed it is “pretty clear who won this election” and that “the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party.”
Meanwhile, some senior conservative officials are even suggesting that May should consider resigning, and there are calls for Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to become the next prime minister.