The UK's 'Hung Parliament' and what it means for Brexit

Posted June 13, 2017

Don't just look at the results from Britain's polls that had Theresa May's Conservatives coming in at number one ahead of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour - the real winners and losers are far more interesting.

British newspapers summed it up in a word: Mayhem.

With parliament in deadlock, Tories MPs may oust Mrs May and call for a General Election when a new leader is in place.

But May vowed to "fulfil the promise of Brexit", in a statement outside her Downing Street office after seeking permission from the head of state Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

The final result was announced nearly 24 hours after polls closed.

All that to say: while the political contours of Thursday's vote are starting to come into focus, the effect on EU-UK relations is still fuzzy.

However there was clear frustration with the European Union at the failure of the election to deliver a decisive result.

May had hoped the election would focus on Brexit, but that never happened, as both the Conservatives and Labour said they would respect voters' wishes and go through with the divorce.

This is the first time since the 1990s that Britain has a minority government, in which the governing party can not get measures though Parliament without outside support. It won 10 seats in the parliament.

It is socially conservative, notably opposing same-sex marriage, and supports Brexit, but opposes a return to a "hard" border between the Irish Republic and the British province. The result is also perhaps the start of the revival of the Labour Party. Her predecessor, David Cameron, first asked British voters to decide in 2016 whether to leave the EU.

Trump offered his warm support to May over the just- concluded parliamentary election, it said.

SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks.

May's chief of staff Nick Timothy, left, and Joint-chief of staff Fiona Hill leave the Conservative Party headquarter on Friday. From whom? From her party?

I think if we'd had a large Conservative majority like all the polling was pointing to, then Theresa May could've pushed through her version of Brexit.

"Honestly, it feels nearly like she is nearly not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours", Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio.

Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos Mori, said that while Corbyn was demonized for his socialist views in the conservative media, he was trending on Facebook. She sought to deflect pressure onto Corbyn, arguing he had a weak record on security matters. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. "They do want stability (no, that's not meant as a joke)". "Business people find certain aspects of Corbyn's policies disturbing", says Geoffrey Heal, a professor of social enterprise at Columbia Business School.

"That's what people voted for last June, that's what we will deliver".

Mrs May said: "Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom".

May called the snap election to win a clear mandate for her plan to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs union, so she could slash immigration.

But cracks in her campaign-trail performance began to show, and widened with a bad tactical misstep she made on health care for the elderly. They sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.

Yet the British public saw this election for what is was. He's saved his own skin because most of his own lawmakers a year ago voted to depose him. "I think the only thing that political commentators can agree on is that we have uncertainty right now and nobody has any clue what shape this negotiation is going to take".