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Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May

12 June 2017

The PM is expected to address the public this morning after insisting Britain needs stability whatever the result and said the Conservatives are the party to bring the country together.

The last hung Parliament result in the United Kingdom was in 2010, when David Cameron took over as PM and formed a Conservative- led coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

May's room for maneuver has been eroded by the election drubbing which saw the Conservatives lose their majority in Parliament, and she has kept many ministers in their jobs.

The result is an embarrassing turn for May who called the election three years earlier than required, to give her side a strong negotiating hand in Brexit negotiations.

One of the lead European Union negotiators, Guy Verhofstadt, criticized May on Twitter, writing: "Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated".

May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament. We know when they must end.

Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd and David Davis are among the possible replacements, should May be forced out by her own party in the coming months.

Her office said later that the key finance, foreign, Brexit, interior and defence ministers would remain unchanged.

"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News. "I'm not sure that we should read, from the results of this vote, that Britons' sovereign decision on Brexit has been cast into doubt in any way".

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"While Theresa May is well within the political mainstream and proven to be a solid and reliable unionist, Jeremy Corbyn is beyond the pale", the leader also said.

The blame-game has started within the Conservative Party.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the prime minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

Also a longshot, if the stalemate cannot be broken, there could also be a second snap election - and even another Brexit referendum - but much has to happen before that.

Conservative: 42.4% Labour: 40.1% Liberal Democrat: 7.3% Scottish National Party: 3.1% UKIP: 1.9% Green Party: 1.6%. "She's a zombie prime minister". Tim Farron, the current leader, retained his seat with only a narrow majority. If that plan becomes a reality, the DUP would not hold any ministerial posts, but provide support for the Conservative government, which would depend on DUP votes in order to hold on to power.

Numerous party members are also uncomfortable with the kind of deal that will have to be struck with the DUP, a socially conservative party.

Although called as a Brexit election, the campaign was quickly overshadowed by security as two deadly terror attacks, in Manchester and London, struck.

May, who has largely been criticised for a weak campaign and accused of calling the snap election in a bid to gain more seats in the House of Commons, has announced that she will not resign.

Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May