UK leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May listens as the declaration at her constituency is made for in the general election in Maidenhead England Friday

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May listens as the declaration at her constituency is made for in the general election in Maidenhead England Friday

As CBS News' Mark Philips noted this morning, it may be confusing to many that an election victory - which May's Conservatives won, as the largest party, should be viewed so resoundingly as a defeat for the Prime Minister. But can she do it?

May visited Queen Elizabeth II and announced her plan to form a coalition government between her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. 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 as no clear victor emerged. May said she would remain in office, in part by joining forces with a small party based in the British region of Northern Ireland.

Britain's general elections ended in a shock for Prime Minister Theresa May, the country's top political leader. In Kensington, an overwhelmingly Conservative seat - but also overwhelmingly anti-Brexit - the vote was so close that recounting was suspended at 8 a.m. on Friday so that election officials could go home and rest.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government on Friday after an election debacle that saw her Conservative Party lose its parliamentary majority days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin. "And I don't feel like the current prime minister or, indeed, the Tory party, has any idea about what to do with Brexit at the moment".

"Maybe, this is a chance that we can come up to a more reasonable Brexit negotiations because in the last time (recently) I really had the feeling that everything was just being very tough and it doesn't make sense to be tough".

Corbyn's Labour Party now has 261 seats.

"A failed campaign leaves Theresa May humbled and her party reeling", its editorial said.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

Mrs May's first task will be a reshuffle of her ministry, as the party lost eight ministers in the election including one cabinet minister. The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, interior minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.

But there were hints that the terms of Brexit might have changed.

European Council President Donald Tusk alluded to the March 2019 deadline for Brexit talks.

Initially blind-sided by May's snap election call, and written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign.

Mrs May left no doubt when it came to clarifying the way she expected United Kingdom to leave the single market. Oettinger added that "without a government, there's no negotiation". "We should have concentrated more on them".

For years it seemed Britain could not get out of the European Union fast enough.

May has few other options.

The result could be bad news for the Scottish National Party, which was predicted to lose 20 of its 54 seats. There was concern that a weak administration and a possible leadership challenge to May might mean further delay to the June 19 talks.

Again according to custom, the party with the most seats will generally try to cobble together a partnership with another party, striking whatever bargains it takes to gain the necessary seats in the House of Commons to ensure that it can enact its policies.

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