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British prime minister names new chief of staff

11 Juin 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks watched by her husband Philip in 10 Downing street, London, as she addresses the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace w.

A shock result in Britain's snap general election has resulted in a hung parliament in a major blow to Theresa May who wanted to boost the Conservatives majority in parliament.

Guenther Oettinger, a German member of the European Commission, said Friday that the election result had left it unclear whether negotiations between the United Kingdom and Europe on Britain's exit from the EU could be launched on June 19 as planned.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

"While the DUP supported the "leave" campaign, it is hard to envisage a scenario where a Northern Irish party would support the return of a hard border", said Ryan McGrath, an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald LP in Dublin.

May wanted to win explicit backing for her stance on Brexit, which involves leaving the EU's single market and imposing restrictions on immigration while trying to negotiate free trade deal with the bloc.

British politicians differ widely on what they want from the Brexit negotiating process, seeing it as a way to shift Britain either to the right or left. The pound hit an eight-week low against the dollar and its lowest levels in seven months versus the euro.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

His reference to the March 2019 deadline when Britain will be out of the European Union with or without an agreed deal to avoid legal limbo for people and businesses reflected mounting concern that British chaos could further disrupt all of Europe.

For its party, the European Union urged May on Friday to start Brexit talks as quickly as possible, but warned of complications ahead.

However, one minister said: "There's a feeling that it's impossible for her to step down. It was no surprise last night when I saw the exit poll, absolutely no surprise, in fact it was just surprising that it wasn't worse than it was really", she said by the town's modern shopping centre.

He went onto add that: "We recognised at the time that we had something special, we had a promise... that resonated with [our] voters".

"I'm afraid we ran a pretty terrible campaign", Soubry said.

The DUP was established in 1971 as a unionist party with traditional links to Protestant churches.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial. The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.

But instead of throwing in the towel, May took the issue to the top.

At the time, polls showed her center-right party leading Labour by more than 20 points, with extremely high favorability ratings of about 50 percent for May.

Senior Conservatives had reportedly made the resignations of Timothy and Hill a condition for supporting the prime minister's leadership in the new government.

May's authority over her party was shattered by the election result.

Speaking as she was re-elected MP for Maidenhead, Mrs May said: "At this time, more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability".

May's Downing St. office said Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson was in Belfast Saturday for talks with the DUP "on how best they can provide support to the government".

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the DUP", May said as she began to formulate her new government.

British prime minister names new chief of staff