Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May

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Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May

The Scottish National Party, or SNP, also suffered major election losses.

British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal in principle with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on Saturday to prop up the Conservative government, stripped of its majority in a disastrous election. But the election result meant it was unclear whether her plan to take Britain out of the bloc's single market and customs union could still be pursued.

May had called the vote three years early in the hope that a sweeping win would strengthen her hand in the challenging Brexit talks, which are due to start in nine days' time. She's now attempting to form a government.

May had called the election in order to consolidate her mandate to negotiate Britain's exit from the Europe Union.

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were afoot within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her. While Pollard himself expressed confusion and horror as to why so many of his countrymen voted for the "toxic" Corbyn, he places much of the blame on the Conservative's "rubbish" campaign.

An ally of Mr Johnson told the newspaper: "We are facing a populist and they have realised we need someone who can talk to the people."We need a Brexiteer. I would have thought that's enough to go", said main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn".

In a short statement outside Downing Street after an audience with the Queen, May said she would join with her DUP "friends" to "get to work" on Brexit.

May had repeatedly ruled out the need for a new election before changing her mind.

Numerous party members are also uncomfortable with the kind of deal that will have to be struck with the DUP, a socially conservative party that takes an opposing stance on issues such as abortion and same sex marriages.

In addition, the DUP also expect concessions from Conservatives on its own policies. The Labour Party gained 32 seats, jumping from 229 to 261, setting back May and the Conservative Party.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he thought there could be another election soon, after the vote on Thursday produced no clear victor and left Ms May under pressure from her own backbench and allies.

She wanted the security of a bigger margin than the narrow 17-strong working majority she held in the British House of Commons.

Earlier, Mrs May announced that she meant to carry on in No 10 at the head of a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP) after falling eight seats short of an overall majority. "We want to do what is right for the whole of the UK and to bring stability to the Government of the United Kingdom".

DUP leader and Northern Ireland former First Minister Arlene Foster with the DUP's newly elected Westminster candidates. "In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care", he added.

Labour voters were more likely to be concerned about the NHS and spending cuts - only eight per cent said Brexit was the most important factor in their vote.

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