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Hung parliament in the United Kingdom as Conservatives lose majority

Hung parliament in the United Kingdom as Conservatives lose majorityā€¯

The general election ended in a hung Parliament, where no party has the 326 seats needed to get an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons. The Conservatives won 319 seats, Labour 261, the Scottish National Party 35 and the Liberal Democrats 12.

Clearly the Conservatives, albeit as the largest party by more than 50 seats, can not form a majority government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's two closest advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, resigned on Saturday after taking responsibility for the poll debacle for the Conservative Party which lost its majority in the House of Commons.

After noon, May was driven from her official Downing Street residence to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.

"It is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that", she said.

Several Conservative politicians also suggested she consider her position.

Meanwhile in Scotland, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson Friday called on Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) to scrap her call for a second independence referendum.

After an initial statement outside No 10 which made no reference to reverses suffered by the Tories, Mrs May told reporters she was sorry for those candidates who bore the brunt of Labour's surge.

His calls for increased spending on the National Health Service, schools and police, as well as the nationalization of railroads and utilities, have proven popular - but it would take a huge swing in voter support for Labour to unseat the Conservative government.

"The cold hard fact is that if I lose just six seats, I will lose this election, and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe", she had written on her Facebook page.

Experts say one reason Jeremy Corbyn, who heads the Labour Party, did so well in this election is because Labour, which did not support Brexit, publicly accepted the move nonetheless.

Speaking at his north London constituency's election headquarters, Corbyn said May called the election to get a new mandate and the "mandate she got was one of lost support". It also promised to guarantee the rights of European citizens now living in Britain, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

"It is the policy of both the Conservative party and the UK Labour party to respect the Brexit referendum result".

"And as I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward".

Earlier this week during a speaking tour of the United Kingdom and Europe Sanders said he saw "a real similarity" between Corbyn's campaign and his own bid for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 US presidential election.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country - securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

Conservative MP Nigel Evans told CNN his party shot itself "in the head" with an "irrelevant" manifesto, which was peppered with "arsenic".

The Green Party's Laura Fisk said: "It has been an extraordinary election in extraordinary circumstances and it has been a pleasure to be involved in the democratic process".



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