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May Struggles to Hang On as Election Plunges Britain Into Political Chaos

22 Juin 2017

Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace Mrs May said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority.

Back in April, the Prime Minister called the election as polls pointed to a landslide result for the her party.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was able to secure more seats for his party, demanded May's resignation stating that she lost "votes, support and confidence" of the people.

"Our shared responsibility and urgent task now is to conduct the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union in the best possible spirit, securing the least disruptive outcome for our citizens, businesses and countries after March 2019", Mr Tusk, who chairs summits of EU leaders, said. The Labour Party had won 261 seats.

Even if the Conservatives had increased their majority materially, there was unlikely to be significant additional certainty about what Brexit meant.

On Thursday night, the Conservative Party lost their majority in a stunning upset that is being attributed to political activism spurred by the Brexit horror, and a voter turnout that increased by 5% since the previous election, according to the Independent.

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn casting his vote at a polling station at Pakeman Primary School in London, England, June 8, 2017.

In a statement outside No 10, the Prime Minister sought to strike a tone of business as usual. If May (or her successor from within the party) proves unable to navigate this dynamic, Britain could see the quick collapse of the coalition government and new elections.

The turnout is the highest proportion since the 1997 General Election, which saw 71.3 per cent of the electorate go to the polls.

Corbyn's Labor Party lobbied against Brexit but has indicated it will honor the results of the United Kingdom referendum to leave the EU.

But north of the border the Tories performed strongly under the leadership of Ruth Davidson, winning 12 new seats as the Scottish National Party lost ground.

Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister". The Conservative Party and Labour Party, who both support leaving the single market and scrapping free movement of people, hold 580 of the 650 seats.

May's office has said that the most senior Cabinet members - including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their jobs, but she is expected to shuffle the lower ranks of ministers. Almost 13 million people voted for us to do it.

Then, attacks in Manchester and London that killed a total of 30 people brought the campaign to a halt - twice, sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.

May Struggles to Hang On as Election Plunges Britain Into Political Chaos