12 June, 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Queen Elizabeth II on Friday in order to seek permission to form a government despite her Conservative Party's failure to secure a majority vote in the nation's general election.
"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV.
Referring to the "strong relationship" she had with the DUP but giving little detail of how their arrangement might work, she said the government would "guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks" that begin in just 10 days' time.
May claimed that this partnership would be the only way to ensure the United Kingdom can succeed in its Brexit talks, which are due to begin, as scheduled, on the week of June 19.
Britain's Parliament has 650 seats and 326 are needed to produce an overall victor. This is her opportunity to do so and I urge her to take it immediately.
Although the chance of him succeeding is slim, a poll showed support for Mr Corbyn and Labour growing in the wake of the shock election result which saw Mrs May returned to Downing Street but with her majority in tatters.
"May didn't have to call this election", said Pedley.
A shattered Prime Minister told Sky News that those who lost out in their constituencies following a failed election campaign did not deserve to be ousted as she saw her Commons majority wiped out. The main opposition Labor Party gained 31 seats in Thursday's snap elections.
"I hope we never hold referendums on anything ever again", said pro-EU former Conservative finance minister Ken Clarke. Labour is predicted to win 260 seats.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new chief of staff following the resignation of her two top aides. European officials are anxious that the weaker position of the Conservatives make a breakdown in negotiations more likely.