UK's May isolated ahead of Brexit talks as key aides quit

Though Theresa May's Conservative Party will still be the largest in Parliament, and she has vowed to continue on as prime minister, conservatives had hoped to gain seats and bolster their majority.

Making the announcement outside 10 Downing Street after a 20-minute audience with the Queen yesterday, a solemn Mrs May kept her speech short, saying that she will form a government "that will provide certainty" and lead the country into the complex Brexit negotiations while sticking to the timetable. "Over the next five years build a country in which no one and no community is left behind, a country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared across this United Kingdom".

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. On the other hand, pro-Europe Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she wanted to be involved in "looking again" at Britain's aims for Brexit.

But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended.

While her new partners, the DUP, are loud supporters of pulling out of the EU, a majority of voters in North Ireland actually voted to remain in the union a year ago.

"It has to be said, young voters under 30 who disproportionately like the policies of Jeremy Corbyn were expected to turn out in quite low numbers and they turned out in droves yesterday and that really has pushed the agenda more in Jeremy Corbyn's favour and away from the conservatives who really tapped into an older constituency in recent elections", says French.

"She said, 'Give me a mandate.' And the answer was, 'No.' And that means we have to rethink everything, the entirety of the way we're doing Brexit", Dunt said.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister and head of the Scottish National party, said May "lost all authority and credibility" while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said she "should be ashamed" and should resign "if she has an ounce of self-respect". The party's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage places it at odds with modernizing Conservatives. "I blame her party for destroying Britain by pushing for Brexit and austerity, two things that will ultimately be bad for my generation". Labour had won 261 seats.

The pro-European Liberal Democrats, who have campaigned for a second European Union referendum, increased their number of seats from nine, but their former leader Nick Clegg lost his seat. For the second time in the same period, the fate of a Conservative prime minister is under serious threat after the British public has all but rejected their mandate.

He said it was time for her "to go". "May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

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