The snap election gamble by Theresa May has dramatically backfired with Tories losing majority and is now faced with a government with weakened minority. Theresa May decided to go for snap election with a motive of “Stronger Mandate” to deliver Brexit.
May’s Conservative party however emerged as the largest party, however felled short of eight seats, to govern alone, forcing Tories to form a minority government.
By 11 a.m Conservatives party had won 318 seats while opposition Labour Party won 261 seats. Meanwhile, SNP bagged 35 seats followed by Liberal Democrats at 12 and the Democratic Unionist Party at 10.
Conservatives were not the only one who faced the brunt of the electorate, SNP who had 54 seats lost 19 seats with its major leaders losing their position.
Theresa May, who appeared dismayed, said she would form a new government in order to “provide certainty” and make sure the country is “safe and secure”. May who took the helms of the conservatives last year is facing calls to resign after the election debacle.
“I wanted to achieve a larger majority, and that was not the result we achieved,” she said. “As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward.”
May is now expected to team up with Democratic Unionist Party, a Northern Irish party with 10 MPs to form the government.
Meanwhile, Labour is having a field day with strong performance under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn who was often criticized for his Left-wing views. Corbyn had called PM May to step down. “The PM called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well, the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.”, he said in his speech on Friday.
The election result has certainly weakened May’s position to govern as well as to deliver the Brexit and experts are even hoping for a new election in the near future. The uncertain political scenario that May and the Tories had to face is certainly going to bring instability in Westminster.
It’s a daunting challenge for May and her party and certainly has to work with a lot lesser than what they had. What does it mean for the political and economic future of Britain and the Brexit talks will be watched world over.