British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin. Many key positions were unchanged.
British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a slew of criticism after a failed election campaign left her short of a parliamentary majority and fighting for survival as the clock ticks down to the start of Brexit talks.
Germany said there was no time to lose on negotiating Brexit because time was ticking.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also called on Mrs May to stand down, declaring he is "ready to serve the country" after Mrs May's snap General Election gamble spectacularly backfired - and a much better than expected poll for his party.
Several lawmakers demanded the resignation of May's top advisers, who have been widely blamed for a disastrous policy to make the elderly pay more toward their care and a campaign seen as too insulated from ordinary voters and too focused on attacking her opponent.
With a hung parliament guaranteed, the so-called "hard Brexit" that May had been pushing for seems less and less likely to pass.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Conservative Party won 48.9 percent of the vote share while Labour won 40.3 percent in the June 8 general election.
The party is now more secular and attracts a wider demographic than when it was founded, shifting from fundamentalist outsider to political pragmatists.
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If she is to succeed in delivering the end of Britain's European Union membership which 52 percent of the British public demanded previous year, she must find a way to recapture the full support of her party because she will need their votes to pass legislation preparing for and ultimately enacting the departure.
Over 200 female MPs have been elected-that's a record high for the United Kingdom parliament, which has a total of 650 members.
Many of those Conservatives now opposing May are those who wanted to remain in the EU. As indeed would the new Tories' new friends from Northern Ireland. They won 13 seats on June 8 in Scotland, up from a paltry one in 2015, when the Scottish National Party swept all before them.
It said the campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who made a decision to vote for Labour". Casualties include the party's deputy leader Angus Robertson, and former SNP leader and party heavyweight Alex Salmond.
She and her team are trying to produce a small working majority in coalition with the Democratic Unionist Party.
It is thought Mrs May will seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it "lend" its support the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as "confidence and supply".
May no longer has enough MPs for a majority in parliament, and dispatched chief whip Gavin Williamson to Belfast for talks with the DUP in the aftermath of the vote.
After speculation the PM would use a solid win to move Philip Hammond from the Treasury, he and other potential successors as Tory leader, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, remained in place.
The longtime Labour MP and avowed socialist threw off his reputation as an ineffective campaigner this time around, engaging voters and holding mass rallies, raising his profile with a good-humored, largely positive - if populist - platform. "Instead of strong and stable leadership we witness chaos and uncertainty", he said, mocking May's campaign slogan.