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Riz Ahmed and other British artists react to hung parliament

Riz Ahmed and other British artists react to hung parliament

Having lost her Conservative Party its majority in the British Parliament with a self-inflicted election battering, Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking partnership with a smaller party to form a coalition government. As with the surprise Brexit vote a year ago and the election of President Donald Trump last November, this election saw an apparent no-hoper, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader - a man who for all of his political life has supported far left, even militant movements, consistently voted against his party and bitterly opposed the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - come close to winning.

As a result, the Conservative Party, which held 330 seats in the previous House of Commons, got 318 seats, the Labour Party got 262 seats, the Scottish National Party got 35 seats, and the Liberal Democrats 12 seats.

The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election - a vote May called in a bid to strengthen her mandate ahead of exit talks with the EU.

May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain's economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain.

Ms May is expected to form a minority government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party (of Northern Ireland), which is likely to offer informal support.

While the party backed Britain's exit from the European Union, it has pushed back in the past against a "hard Brexit".

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Still, rather than resign, May clung to the hope that her Conservatives might still be able to govern by making deals with another party or group of parties.

He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament. Last year, it was the continent-cracking triumph of Brexit; this time, it was the near-collapse of Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party.

But Brexit talks - which are due to start in 10 day's time - could be delayed and the Prime Minister's personal authority undermined by the shock result.

What is the Democratic Unionist Party? Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several.

At a press conference today, DUP leader Arlene Foster was vague about a working relationship with May's Conservatives.

Whilst the DUP has little love for Corbyn, it is staunchly opposed to a hardline approach to the Brexit negotiations that could threaten free trade and free movement of people across the Irish border.

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Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19. Alex Salmond, who led the SNP into the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, lost his Gordon seat to the Conservatives.

The Conservative Party looks guaranteed to be engulfed by internal warfare and blame games.

Labour won more seats in constituencies in which there was a higher population of voters under the age of 25 and turnout tended to increase more in areas in which there was a higher proportion of youth voters. The surprising shift in the British political landscape leaves the country with no clear majority party.

Young voters are fed up with squeezed incomes, and many didn't want to leave the EU, Page said.

Sterling fell by more than two cents against the United States dollar after an exit poll showed May losing her majority. But "we know when they must end".

"Whatever happens, Theresa May is toast", said Nigel Farage, former leader of the anti-EU party UKIP.

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.

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Instead, she risked an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for nearly a century. He acknowledged his disappointment, however, as his party failed to win a majority, but say's it's too soon to really tell what went wrong.


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