UK Prime Minister Under Fire after Losing Parliamentary Majority at Snap elections
Theresa May called for this snap general elections three months earlier, hoping to assert her mandate before her government begun negotiations over withdrawing from the European Union. It turned to be a bad idea.
Uk Prime Minister Theresa May decision to call for snap elections to consolidate her mandate and become stronger negotiator when it comes to sit down with Brussels to arrange the Brexit conditions turned out to be a bad idea.
The Conservative Party, led by Theresa May, has lost its parliamentary majority against the Labour, according to official election results from Thursday's general election.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour's party, called for May to resign after hung parliament confirmed, while the British pound fell.
“She wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that is enough for her to go,” Corbyn said, as reported in The Guardian.
May's failure to win the majority in the snap elections comes after a series of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester that put her authority under scrutiny. As home secretary for six years before becoming prime minister, May was criticized for the security services’ failure to stop the plots and for supporting cuts in beat policing, as reported in the NY Times..
The turnout of the elections reveal a lot about the country voters, especially among the young,who mostly voted "No" in the Brexit referendum, one year ago.
A hung Parliament (when no party has won a majority of the seats in the House of Commons) could lead May to try to form a coalition government, "which would mean wooing other parties in the hope of creating a power-sharing alliance that would command at least 326 seats,", as reported in the NY Times. But that won't be an easy task for May, as she will deal with anti-Brexit party lawmakers, especially those from Scottish National Party (SNP) and Liberal Democrats.
Scotland, under the mandate of SNP, said it would call for a second independence referendum if UK leaves the EU.
Fears in the market that hung parliament projected would delay Brexit negotiations with EU made the pound to plunge. The British currency fell as much as 2% to $1.27 – the lowest level in six weeks – but then stabilised while dealers awaited the first actual results, as reported in The Guardian.
Theresa May was also hoping the elections would consolidate her popular authority, as she took office without the need to gain the popular vote. May emerged as prime minister accidentally, after his predecessor Conservative David Cameron resignation over the Brexit referendum results. Although Conservatives campaigned against the exit of Britain from the UE, british people voted to withdraw from the EU in a Referendum that he himself called for.