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Theresa May to form minority government after poll setback

11 June 2017

The recently concluded election in Britain has resulted in a hung parliament with Prime Minister Theresa May failing to achieve an absolute majority.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britain's European Union departure are due to begin.

The day after the British elections, NPR.org showed considerably more interest in a candidate who ran dressed as a "space lord" than in the leader of the Labour Party.

The unhappy result of these conditions is that it will be hard to create a strong negotiating position on Brexit, and British negotiators will be left groping for solid political ground on which to take a stand.

While Britain's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation status wasn't an issue, the disunity isn't good at a time when the threat from Russian Federation and transnational challenges like terrorism, cybercrime and conflict triggered from climate-change disruptions make the alliance more relevant than ever.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the country after Britain's election at Downing Street in London June 9, 2017. The DUP is characterized as a right-wing populist party, a segment of the population to whom May has a history of pandering. She's taking us back to those times. The Scottish National Party (SNP) will seek to extract an even bigger price which is unlikely to be acceptable to the Conservatives.

SIEGEL: The Conservatives evidently plan to govern with the Democratic Unionists, the dominant Protestant party in Northern Ireland providing the few votes in the House of Commons that they'll need to have a working majority.

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Labour under him polled 40 per cent of the vote, the highest for the party since 1970, and only slightly behind Ms May's Tories.

It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one DUP lawmaker suggested support might come vote by vote.

The election results create uncertainty surrounding the negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union.

Lily Allen, Stormzy, Akala and Ghost Poet also backed Corbyn who says he is "ready to serve".

Young people tend to be more optimistic about the future and value mobility and job opportunities overseas.

"Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has already called on May to resign, saying 'Politics has changed" as Britons had rejected her policies of "austerity". But attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London twice brought the campaign to a halt, sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.

The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May has been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.