Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

'Bernie Would Have Won': Sanders Supporters See Hope In UK Election

'Bernie Would Have Won': Sanders Supporters See Hope In UK Election

Although the ruling Tories managed to increase their popular vote share by more than five percent from the last general election in 2015, earning 42.4 percent of the vote, they lost a good number of seats to Labour, which saw a bump of 9.5 percent from 2015, securing it a total of 40 percent. The BBC reports that the Tories lost 12, while Labour-the party of Corbyn-gained 29. Some parliamentarians in both the Conservative and Labour parties want to remain in the EU.

But a shock projection of the results, released at 10 p.m. local time on Thursday immediately after voting finished, showed May would win just 314 of the British parliament's 650 seats.

May's statement on working with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) followed a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she asked the monarch for permission to form a new government.

European Union leaders expressed fears the shock poll would delay Brexit talks, due to begin on June 19. "I said at the start this election was wrong". The surprising shift in the British political landscape leaves the country with no clear majority party.

The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, have said they will not work with either main party.

"Now, of course, if she's [May] got to be constantly making deals throughout this parliament, or indeed if she falls and there's a lot of negotiations or a lot of discussion as to whether she'll be leading this Conservative minority government".

"But now it will be necessary to wait for who will form a government and what this government will bring to negotiations over Brexit".

"We are still in government and, after all is said and done, Labour were 50, 60 seats behind us".

"The link will enrage other parties in Northern Ireland, and the DUP will exact a high price for their support, which may not be visible, but will be there".

Mr Hammond, 61, was named Chancellor of The exchequer by Mrs May shortly after she took over as prime minister almost a year ago, in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Mete Coban, a 25-year-old Labour councillor in London and head of youth group My Life My Say, said young voters played a crucial role the election.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader has the vote of several British artists, which is not surprising.

"I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility", Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror, predicting that there could be another election within months. He even called on May to resign. Taking it all together, that means the United Kingdom could be headed for a hung parliament, which analysts fear could slow and muddle the Brexit process.

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she will enter talks with May in an effort to pursue "stability" in Parliament, without giving further details on the conditions for the party's support.

Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to form a government with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), after her governing Conservative Party fell short of a parliamentary majority.

The talks were set to officially begin on June 19. He is committed to heeding the results of Britain's European Union membership referendum a year ago in which 52 percent voted Leave against 48 percent in favour of Remain.

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