Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

"Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'".

Mrs May did not really need to call an election to secure a mandate for the Brexit talks.

"As we are the party that won most seats and most votes, we are the only party that is in a position to form a government that can do that".

Although Brexit was supposed to be front-and-center during the campaign - the Conservatives advocating for a so-called "hard Brexit", with Britain severing almost all ties with the European Union, and Labour for a "soft" one - the subject scarcely featured in debate. May formally triggered the two-year Brexit departure timetable in March.

May has been pressing for a so-called "hard" Brexit, which would include leaving the EU's massive collective market and no longer allowing European Union citizens to live and work freely in the United Kingdom.

In a statement to The Associated Press, the legislature's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt quipped: "I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention". Johnson dropped out of the last year's leadership race during the chaos that followed the Brexit referendum. "It was an wonderful own goal".

Verhofstadt said he hoped Britain would soon have a "stable government to start negotiations", which are important for the future of Europe too.

Survation, the opinion polling firm that came closest to predicting correctly the election's outcome, said a new poll it conducted for the Mail on Sunday newspaper showed support for Labour now 6 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives.

The pound fell as low as $1.2636 from $1.2955 on Thursday, before recovering slightly to trade at $1.2737.

Timothy-a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of the government-said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash.

Pressed again on the question, Mr Leslie said: "I will never apologise for my view, which is yes, you've got to of course inspire people, absolutely, and we haven't done that well enough in the past".

He repeated calls for May to resign. That is short of the 326 needed for an overall majority -- and 12 fewer than when May called the election.

But despite May's dire result, her message did resonate with some Brexiteers in Wakefield who wavered from the Labour party. "Politics is not going back into the box where it was before".

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"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular", she said.

The EU's chief negotiator said the bloc's stance on Brexit and the timetable for the talks were clear, but the divorce negotiations should only start when Britain is ready.

He says "without a government, there's no negotiation".

With a hung parliament and a weak prime minister, it would now become extremely hard to make the kind of painful and controversial compromises necessary for a Brexit deal.

But pro-EU backbencher Anna Soubry led the attack on the Prime Minister, saying Mrs May was "in a very hard place" as results came in yesterday morning. It would make British exports more price competitive around the world - something that was reflected in a rise in shares for major British companies on Friday, with the FTSE 100 index was up 0.6 percent.

"So let's not kid ourselves".

The Conservatives won 318 out of 650 seats-throwing away a 17-seat majority.

The Conservatives' losses were largely gains for the Labor opposition, which defied polls and predictions to gain 29 seats - a vindication for leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose grip on the party appears to have strengthened.

Instead, the Conservatives lost a dozen seats - and with it their grip on power - resulting in a hung parliament which has plunged the country into renewed political uncertainty. By tradition, defeat on a Queen's Speech vote topples the government.

Theresa May will have several posts to fill after she lost eight frontbenchers.

May is due to meet with Conservative lawmakers in parliament.

She is regarded as having performed well during the campaign, which was marred by deadly attacks in Manchester and London.

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