A Look at What a Hung Parliament Means for Britain

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2017

As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular. She didn't specify how her Conservative Party would "work together" with the Northern-Ireland-based party.

Former Conservative chancellor George Osborne told the ITV channel, "Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader".

Standing outside 10 Downing St. today, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to put a fearless face on the disastrous results of Thursday's vote.

The Czech prime minister said Friday that Britain should not be granted any extension on the two-year deadline for the Brexit talks.

Reuters, the BBC, and Sky News are projecting based on partial results from the snap elections on June 8 that British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party will lose its majority in Parliament.

But until a government emerges in London, it is unclear how the talks can start. "I certainly think that there will be contact made over the weekend but I think it is too soon to talk about what we're going to do", she said.

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In the wake of last year's Brexit referendum, called and lost by Prime Minister David Cameron, Britain's Conservative party took a long time to reorganize itself before it finally triggered the Brexit negotiations on March 29.

May faced calls to quit from the opposition and her own party, but vowed to stay on and provide "stability" for the country as her depleted party seeks to build a new governing coalition.

"I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister.

The decision of Britain to leave was a shocking and cathartic moment in the 60-year history of the bloc, whose member states want to keep Britain as a close partner once it is out. Now, all remains unclear. Lastly, the DUP want an "appropriate support programme' for Northern Irish farmers after the United Kingdom leaves the EU". Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom. The risk of having no deal worries some in Britain, particularly businesses. "We know when they must end", he said, referring to the March 2019 deadline. "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of 'no negotiations'".

"How do you negotiate when you know that the position of the partner that you're negotiating with is extremely weak?" says Klaas of the London School of Economics.

To keep within the timeframe, the European Union nations "need a draft agreement before end of October next year", to have enough time to push it through their own decision-making process.

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