British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party emerged as the largest party, but without a clear majority in the parliamentary elections. Conservative and Unionist Party together won 317 seats while Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party came a close second with 261 seats in a 650 member assembly. Although results of 2 seats are awaited, no party can get over the half way mark of 325 and hung Parliament is imminent.
The outcome is an astonishing turn from the predictions that Theresa May would win in a historic landslide and creates new uncertainities ahead of the Brexit negotiation.
Notably, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won 35 seats, the centre-left Liberal Democrats 12, the Democratic Uninonist Party ten and the Greens one. The major parties are now dependent on these parties to form the government.
In a victory speech in his Inslington constituency, referring to the people of UK, Jeremy Corbyn said, “They’ve had quite enough of cuts in public expenditure, underfunding our health service, underfunding our schools, underfunding our education service and not giving our young people the chance they deserve in our society.”
A defiant Theresa May in her post victory speech said the country needs a period of stability and if the Conservatives had won the most seats as predicted, it would be incumbent on it to provide stability.
In an electoral gamble, May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, set to start in just over a week.