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UK polls: Theresa May's two closest advisers quit after election debacle

11 June 2017

May was expected to hold her first cabinet meeting on Saturday in an early test of her hopes of forming a stable government after her election setback.

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

May appeared isolated after her two closest aides resigned, paying the price for a disastrous electoral performance that cost the prime minister her majority.

May reached out to Northern Ireland s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which won 10 seats, to forge a working majority.

But with the complex talks on the divorce from the European Union due to start in 10 days, it was unclear what their direction would now be and if the so-called "Hard Brexit" taking Britain out of a single market could still be pursued.

Britain's Conservatives have lost their majority in the general elections that has resulted in a hung parliament.

The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit.

Her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit.

In a major upset, the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May has lost its absolute majority, all while remaining the strongest party in Westminster.

The change was unlikely to significantly quell unrest within the party.

With just a handful of seats left to declare, Friday polls shows gains for the opposition Labour Party.

London's neutrality in Northern Ireland is key to the delicate balance of power in the province once plagued by decades of unrest.

"My phone is full of texts from lots and lots of people from right across the party", he said. If May (or her successor from within the party) proves unable to navigate this dynamic, Britain could see the quick collapse of the coalition government and new elections.

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After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May must name the rest of her team, who will take on one of the most demanding jobs in recent British history.

European Council President Donald Tusk has warned there was "no time to lose" in starting talks, after May started the two-year countdown to Brexit on March 29.

The move came after it was made clear that Mrs May has no intention of standing down as Conservative leader, despite calls from among her own MPs for her to consider her position.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaking after being re-elected in Islington North, said it was time for Mrs May to "make way" for a government that would be "truly representative of the people of this country". Mostly, the European Union mood was one of frustration that the already tough Brexit talks were likely to become only more hard.

"Now let's get to work", she said before entering No. 10 Downing Street.

Even with backing from the so-called progressive alliance of SNP, Liberal Democrat and Green Party MPs, Labour would still fall short of an overall majority.

With almost all votes counted, the Conservative Party has 318 seats, according to the BBC.

"Mayhem" screamed the headline on the front page of The Sun, Britain's biggest selling newspaper that is normally sympathetic to the Conservatives.

"The Conservatives have not yet broken the British system of democracy, but through their hubris and incompetence they have managed to make a mockery of it", it said in an editorial.

Managing that process will not be easy.

Mr Timothy said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash among many core voters.

She has said she favours retaining the greatest possible level of access to Europe's single market.