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UK Election Results 2017 Live: Theresa May's Future as PM in Doubt After Hung Parliament

News18.com | June 9, 2017, 6:30 PM IST
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British PM Theresa May-led Conservative Party lost the majority in the UK parliament as Britons delivered a hung verdict. With over 640 of the 650 seats counted, Tories had 312 seats and Labour had 260. The Scottish National Party has 34 and the Lib Dems 12. May, who faces calls to resign, would now need support from Northern Ireland Unionists, who have 10 seats, to touch the 326 majority-mark.

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Jun 9, 2017 6:30 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Theresa May's statement after she met the Queen:

I have just been to see Her Majesty, the Queen and I will now form a government. A government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.

This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days and to deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

It will work to keep our nation safe and secure by delivering the change that I set out following the appalling attacks in Manchester and London.

Jun 9, 2017 4:26 pm (IST)


Senior DUP figures have claimed to move quickly to form the government with Theresa May, leaving no opportunity for the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to have a shot at the Prime Ministerial post, British newspaper The Guardian reported. 

The Guardian quoted sources in the DUP as saying that "the two parties have worked well together for two years.There’s no reason to suppose they won’t continue to do so in future."

“But the point made time after time to Labour MPs remains: for as long as you allow yourselves to be led by an IRA cheerleader, you exclude yourselves from entering No 10,” The Guardian quoted a source as saying. 

Jun 9, 2017 2:53 pm (IST)

With no clear winner emerging from Thursday's election, a wounded May has signalled she would fight on. Support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) could allow her Conservatives to reach the 326 seats needed for a majority in parliament. The BBC said there was an understanding May would have the DUP's support.

Jun 9, 2017 2:51 pm (IST)
Jun 9, 2017 2:51 pm (IST)

PM Theresa May will seek to form the government. She is set to meet Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace at 12:30pm (6pm IST).

Jun 9, 2017 2:40 pm (IST)

Only one seat left to be declared. The Tories have 318 seats and could touch the majority mark of 326 with 10 seats from Northern Ireland Unionists. The Labour Party has 261 seats and has said it will attempt to form a minority coalition. The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) has 35 and the Lib Dems have 12.

Jun 9, 2017 2:27 pm (IST)

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PRIME MINISTER CAN'T FORM A GOVERNMENT?
If May fails to cobble together a majority, the queen could then ask the main opposition Labour Party to try to form a government. Given the election arithmetic, Labour would struggle to get the numbers to form a government. Based on current seat projections, Labour and its potential likely allies will fall short in getting a majority. However, it could govern as a minority government, too.

Jun 9, 2017 2:25 pm (IST)

WHICH PARTIES ARE LIKELY TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATIVES?
The most likely partner for the Conservatives is the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. Current projections give the DUP 10 seats in the House of Commons and the Conservatives 319, enough to form a working majority. While the parties are closely aligned they differ on issues such as pensions and the details of Britain's exit from the European Union. The Conservatives could be forced to compromise to win DUP backing.

Jun 9, 2017 1:35 pm (IST)

The Conservatives now have 316 seats with three seats yet to be declared. This means Theresa May can touch the 326 majority mark if the DUP of Northern Ireland chips in with 10 seats. The Labour Party, which has 261 seats, said it will attempt to form a minority government.

Jun 9, 2017 1:34 pm (IST)

The Conservatives now have 316 seats with three seats yet to be declared. This means Theresa May can touch the 326 majority mark if the DUP of Northern Ireland chips in with 10 seats. The Labour Party, which has 261 seats, said it will attempt to form a minority government.

Jun 9, 2017 1:24 pm (IST)

Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell says the party will put itself forward to lead a minority government. "We'll put ourselves forward to serve the country and form a minority government and the reason for that is I don't think the Conservative Party is stable, I don't think the prime minister is stable. I don't want to be derogatory but I think she is a lame duck prime minister," he tells BBC Radio.

Jun 9, 2017 1:05 pm (IST)

Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell says the party will put itself forward to lead a minority government. "We'll put ourselves forward to serve the country and form a minority government and the reason for that is I don't think the Conservative Party is stable, I don't think the prime minister is stable. I don't want to be derogatory but I think she is a lame duck prime minister," he tells BBC Radio.

Jun 9, 2017 12:44 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Where Matters Went South for Theresa May

Theresa May has suffered one of the most dramatic reversals in recent British political history, losing an overall majority in parliament in a snap election she had been predicted to win easily.

Jun 9, 2017 12:30 pm (IST)

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says election result is a surprise but doesn’t change the country's decision to leave the European Union. "The British have spoken, they have voted, and have given the Conservative party a majority, albeit a simple majority, which is something of a surprise," Philippe tells Europe 1 radio, adding: "I don't think we should read these results as calling into question the stance on Brexit which was clearly expressed by the British people."

Jun 9, 2017 12:28 pm (IST)

Theresa May has "lost her bet", says EU's Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. "Mrs May, who was supposed to emerge strengthened, lost her bet and is therefore in a less than clear situation because the truth is that we don't really know what the governing situation is this morning," Moscovici tells French Europe 1 radio channel.

Jun 9, 2017 12:25 pm (IST)

BBC political editor Laura Keunssberg says May doesn’t plan to resign.

Jun 9, 2017 12:23 pm (IST)

UPDATE | With 646 of the 650 seats declared, the Tories are at 315, the Labour at 261 and the Scottish National Party at 35. The Lib Dems have 12 seats. The Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which may help Tories retain power, has 10 seats.

Jun 9, 2017 11:26 am (IST)

European Union leaders now fear Prime Minister Theresa May's shock loss of majority will delay Brexit talks. Guenther Oettinger, the German member of the European Commission, said it was unclear negotiations could be launched on June 19, as planned. The talks, which the EU wants to ensure a legally smooth British departure in March 2019, would be more uncertain without a strong negotiating partner, he added.

Jun 9, 2017 11:23 am (IST)

Adding insult to injury, nine ministers have been unseated:

Jane Ellison  — Treasury
Simon Kirby — Treasury
Gavin Barwell —Department for Communities and Local Government
Rob Wilson —Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Ben Gummer — Cabinet Office
James Wharton — Department for International Development
Nicola Blackwood — Health
David Mowat — Health
Edward Timpson — Education

Jun 9, 2017 11:16 am (IST)

Britain's European Union partners do not know what to make of the inconclusive election result. With no official reaction yet from senior figures in Brussels or in national capitals, one EU official told Reuters it was too early to speculate on how the bloc would react to a change in Britain's demands for its withdrawal in 2019 or whether plans for negotiations to open on June 19 would be put on hold. "Let's see if the next government changes its position on Brexit," the official said.

Jun 9, 2017 11:13 am (IST)
Jun 9, 2017 11:11 am (IST)

UPDATE | 641 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons have been declared. Conservatives are leading with 311, 19 short of their majority-winning 330 seats the last time. The Labour has 260 seats, while the Scottish National Party has 35. The Lib Dems managed 12 seats. 

Jun 9, 2017 11:04 am (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Here's What Happens to Brexit Now

Theresa May's Conservative Party has failed to win a parliamentary majority in Britain's election, a shock result that would plunge domestic politics into turmoil and could delay Brexit talks.

Jun 9, 2017 11:03 am (IST)

The Conservatives formed a coalition in 2010 with the centrist, pro-EU Liberal Democrats as junior partner. They governed together until 2015. The two parties are unlikely to be reunited in coalition without major compromises on the central principle of their election manifestos: Brexit.

Jun 9, 2017 11:03 am (IST)

May signalled she could attempt to lead a government without commanding a majority, relying on her opponents for support in parliament on an issue-by-issue basis. This will test the cross-party support for her pre-election pledges. While her hardline Brexit strategy is opposed by all other major parties, Britain has already started the clock ticking on leaving the bloc by triggering a two-year negotiation period with Brussels. It is unlikely she would agree to stopping the Brexit divorce.

Jun 9, 2017 10:58 am (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Britons Have Returned a Hung Parliament. Here's What Happens Next

An exit poll following Britain's general election on Thursday suggested the country could be heading for a

Jun 9, 2017 10:58 am (IST)

As incumbent, Theresa May now has the right to make the first attempt to form a coalition, though her tough stance on Brexit is likely to make finding a suitable partner difficult. Until a new government is formed, May and her team of ministers remain in charge and retain their full legal powers to act on behalf of the country, although by convention they would be expected to avoid taking major decisions. 

Jun 9, 2017 10:57 am (IST)

As incumbent, Theresa May now has the right to make the first attempt to form a coalition, though her tough stance on Brexit is likely to make finding a suitable partner difficult. Until a new government is formed, May and her team of ministers remain in charge and retain their full legal powers to act on behalf of the country, although by convention they would be expected to avoid taking major decisions. 

Jun 9, 2017 10:33 am (IST)

British Prime Minister Theresa May can no longer win an outright majority in parliament, Reuters calculations based on partial results of the election shows. After the results of 633 seats were declared, May's party was on 308 seats and therefore no longer able to reach the 326 mark it would need to claim a majority in Britain's 650-seat parliament.

Jun 9, 2017 10:17 am (IST)

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has said it is willing to negotiate with Prime Minister Theresa May to help her form a government. The influence which Britain's smallest province may have after the election was reinforced by the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party's pledge to maintain its policy of not taking its seats, a position that will cut the numbers needed to win a majority.

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