British Prime Minister Vows to Carry on Despite Election Losses

Marsha Scott
June 10, 2017

Foster may then seek concessions from May in exchange for providing the needed seats.

A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that May would meet the British head of state at Buckingham Palace, reports Efe news.

But her unionist opponents believed there was little enthusiasm among Scots to revisit the independence issue so soon after the 55-45 vote in 2014 against leaving the United Kingdom, and Sturgeon's own timetable for it perceptibly slipped during the election campaign to a more distant and less precise date, once the process of Brexit was complete.

"The SNP tsunami of 2015, in which the party took 56 of Scotland's 59 constituencies, was followed yesterday by an quake in which the SNP lost more than a third of their MPs", says Alex Massie in The Times.

May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day the British parliament is due to reconvene. And I will now forma government.

That means we are leaving the leaving the European Union.

"We will work with others if it is at all possible to keep the Tories out of government", Sturgeon said.

But her decision to call the general election has backfired, and it is not even certain she will remain at the helm.

May met stiff competition from her rival Jeremy Corbyn of the opposition Labour Party, who garnered 261 seats in the election, a gain of 29.

The socially conservative, pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party's 10 seats give the right-wing Conservatives a fragile but workable majority, which May said would allow her to negotiate a successful exit from the EU.

Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.

More news: Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key
More news: Man Accused In Daughter's death Says She Died Accidentally
More news: Man charged over attack at Notre Dame

Visibly exhausted, May said that she obviously "wanted a different result" in Thursday's vote and that she is "sorry for all those colleagues who lost their seats who didn't deserve to lose".

I'm afraid that's not enough.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted that "negotiations should start when ready".

"We need a government that can act", Oettinger told radio station Deutschlandfunk, according to the Reuters news agency.

"With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".

We have heard the First Minister say she will "reflect" on the matter.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, he said: "I saw that piece in the Telegraph with some interest and it rang some bells for some things I said a few years ago but I'm assured that there's not a lot of truth in this particular story". At that point, polls predicted she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron.

European Union states are getting impatient about the delays in the Brexit talks, with some warning Friday after Britain's inconclusive election that the country should not be given more than the allotted two years to settle its divorce.

Above all, investors are anxious about the general uncertainty surrounding the country - whether a bruised May will be able to govern effectively or whether she may eventually resign. But the party won a series of surprising victories, including in a number of seats that had voted to leave the the 2014 independence referendum.

That did not help May, who in her previous role as interior minister for six years had overseen cuts in the number of police officers.

He was elected Deputy Leader of the party just a year ago. 60% of 18-34s said they voted Labour, with two-thirds of those aged 18-24 voting for Jeremy Corbyn's party.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article