Theresa May Faces Wrath Of Tory-Backing Newspapers After General Election Failure

Shock exit poll predicts UK on track for hung parliament
UK exit poll: Conservatives may fall short of majority

11 June, 2017

The pound plunged two per cent yesterday as Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority in Britain's general election, fuelling political uncertainty just days before the start of Brexit talks.

From the start, an election called by May when polls gave her a commanding lead did not go to plan.

In a letter to the Prime Minister congratulating her on her reappointment, he said the two-year time frame set out under Article 50 of the European Union treaties left no room for delay.

Ever since Tony Blair handed the keys to No.10 over to Gordon Brown, the Labour party - and, by extension, the British left - has been in free fall.

In a statement after returning from Buckingham Palace, where she received the Queen's permission to form a government, May shrugged off a growing backlash in the Conservative Party, and said she would provide the "certainty" the country needed, The Guardian reported.

Corbyn was elected Labour leader nearly two years ago on a groundswell for change - a shift mirrored across Europe, where center-left parties have lost support to anti-establishment movements that have emerged since the 2008 crisis.

Labour did not win this election and the British people are staring down the barrel of another Tory government as a result who will be responsible for the imminent Brexit negotiations.

May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, confident of sharply increasing the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron before launching into the Brexit talks.

"I had heard a lot of people going for her, so I was like, Labour aren't going to get in now, but I'm pleased because Labour have a chance now", said Jemma Bell, 23, told AFP in Wakefield, northern England.

He said in a post for Conservative Home: "I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme".

The stunning election result comes after a campaign in which May lost popularity over her style and some of her social care policies, including a so-called "dementia tax" that would force the elderly to pay more for their care.

Polling stations, many located in schools and community centres, opened at 7:00am (0600 GMT) and will close at 10:00pm, with 49.6 million registered voters electing a total of 650 MPs to parliament.

Rachel Sheard, who cast her vote near the site of the London Bridge attack, said the election certainly wasn't about Brexit.

Smith would undoubtedly surprise those in Westminster with his voting choice -- despite being a committed Brexiteer, he opted for the pro-EU Liberal Democrat party.

The facing a hung Parliament and May has resisted calls to resign, after her Tories lost 12 seats and the rival Labour Party picked up 29, with one regional election still not final. The SNP held 56 out of 59 ridings in Scotland but was on course to lose 22 seats.

With the Lib Dems picking up just 12 out of parliament's 650 seats, Smith was convinced his stance against the two dominating parties would not block Britain's European Union departure. In fact, without seriously analyzing the results, the media have all but joined Labour politicians in calling for British Prime Minister Teresa May to resign. But former business minister Vince Cable won his back, and party leader Tim Farron held on.

With the smaller parties more closely aligned with Labour than with the Conservatives, the prospect of Corbyn becoming prime minister no longer seems to be fancy.

This would not be straightforward because Tory divisions over Europe would remain and potential leadership contenders would have to decide whether to argue for a soft or hard Brexit. During his three decades on Labour's leftist fringe, Corbyn consistently opposed European integration and denounced the EU as a corporate, capitalist body.

The unambiguous victor of the night was Labour's leader, Jeremy Corbyn. She led an uninspiring campaign in which her promise of "strong and stable leadership" rang hollow. "We have less than two years to negotiate the we should not waste any time now".

One Conservative MP, Heidi Allen, predicted she would be gone in six months.

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