May 'sorry' for election result which cost Tory seats

The European Union's budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Friday he was unsure if Britain's negotiations about leaving the EU - known as "Brexit" - could begin on time after the Thursday election failed to elect a clear victor, according to a report by Reuters.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace where she asked to form a government.

But in one of the most sensational nights in British electoral history, a resurgent Labour Party denied her an outright win, throwing the country into political turmoil.

However, she struggled to gain positive traction in the polls after performing poorly in interviews and refusing to participate in televised debates with the other party's leaders.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said her party is entering into discussions with Theresa May about forming a new government. It said Britain was "effectively leaderless" and the "country all but ungovernable".

Now with the anniversary of Britain's landmark June 23 Brexit vote looming and still no serious negotiations underway, many European Union nations and top officials have had enough.

Likewise, Labour remains committed to an independent Department for International Development with a seat in the prime minister's cabinet dedicated to the secretary of state for international development, according to its manifesto.

Mrs May refused to quit despite calls from her opponents as members of her own party criticised her campaign and suggested she should consider her position. "The upcoming negotiations need to go ahead and now is not the time for the turmoil of a Tory leadership contest".

"I'm sorry for all those candidates and hard working party workers who weren't successful", May said on Friday after a surprise resurgence by the main opposition Labour Party under its left wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.

This is greatly because May, who was in favour of a hard Brexit may require to team up with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to reach the magic number to form the government. But Britain's Saturday newspapers agreed she is just clinging on.

Davidson - who secured her party's best result for three decades, winning 13 Scottish MPs - said she had sought and received assurances from May about maintaining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights.

She inherited a 17-seat majority in the Commons, but called the snap vote to take advantage of opinion polls putting her on course for a landslide.

In a buoyant mood, Corbyn piled on pressure for May to resign, saying Friday morning that people have had enough of austerity politics and cuts in public spending. While the prime minister still has his "total support", the MP - who wished to remain anonymous - said lots of colleagues would be looking for changes around May.

"Voters do not want further months of uncertainty and upheaval", William Hague wrote in the Daily Telegraph, while adding that "very serious lessons" would be learned.

"I hope we never hold referendums on anything ever again." - pro-EU former Conservative finance minister Ken Clarke.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start".

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