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Stunning blow for May in United Kingdom exit poll

13 Juin 2017

SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it had been a disappointing night for her party, which lost seats to the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit.

In a short statement outside her official residence in 10 Downing Street, May said she would form a government "that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".

Theresa May travels to Buckingham Palace to tell Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom head of state, that she intends to form minority government.

Theresa May was fighting for survival on Saturday after a failed election gamble undermined her authority and plunged the country into a major political crisis days before talks to leave the European Union start.

The critical damage Theresa May wreaked on her chances of winning the election during a disastrous campaign has been laid bare in a poll published by a senior Conservative donor. Finding support in parliament inconsistent, she made a decision to do a little surprise election of her own. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.

The former shadow chancellor labelled it an "OK result" after Mr Corbyn's party secured a higher-than-expected 262 seats and significantly boosted its vote share.

Opposition party leaders were also quick to call for her resignation, including the Liberal Demo- crats' Tim Farron, who said: "We will now have a government that is weaker and less stable at a time when we are about to embark on the most hard and complex negotiations in our history". Instead, they lost seats and the majority, and will be forced to form a coalition government with a smaller party. Critics blame her leadership for Conservatives' loss of majority in Thursday's election.

The vote was also seen as a sharp blow to May, who faced calls to step down.

The support obtained by Labor party members contrasted with the negative predictions of hardly two months ago, when they were 20 percentage points below the conservatives in terms of intention to vote.

Theresa May insists that she can remain Prime Minister, but her power is crippled.

Commentators agreed the results were bad for the prime minister.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal".

She also declined to take part in TV debates, which was also regarded as damaging.

The day after the British elections, NPR.org showed considerably more interest in a candidate who ran dressed as a "space lord" than in the leader of the Labour Party.

Stunning blow for May in United Kingdom exit poll