Shock UK election results may delay Brexit talks, soften tone

British Prime Minister Theresa May will form a government supported by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election debacle days before talks on Britain's departure from the European Union (EU) are due to begin. Previously, she said she wanted to take Britain out of the EU's single market and customs union in order to cut immigration.

"The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence", he said.

The British pound tumbled against the USA dollar GBP= and the euro EURGBP= after the election result.

It will seek to form a minority government with the help of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. Sky sources: Downing Street issued the wrong statement in error.

May called the election three years ahead of schedule, at a time when her party was well ahead in the polls.

"This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal".

The DUP's social conservatism - it is opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion - has also alarmed some in May's party, particularly Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, indicated on Twitter that the European Union was prepared to show some patience, making it clear that talks should not begin until the political situation had settled in the UK.

The Times of London said in an editorial that "the election appears to have been, among other things, a rejection of the vague but harshly worded prospectus for Brexit for which Mrs.

But we are nine days off from the Brexit talks starting", he told BBC Radio.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".

The position of Her Majesty's Government is indeed crucial going forward.

The forecast is much better than expected for the opposition Labour Party, which had been expected to lose seats.

Although she had pledged to finish out the full term of her predecessor, David Cameron, May changed her mind and sent the country into an unexpected contest, lured by the opportunity to comprehensively defeat a Labour opposition led by Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing extremist disliked within his own caucus, who had appointed a life-long communist to act as his communications boss and proposed renationalizing a host of industries.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has headed the party since 2014, said that the poor results meant that she would need to "reflect" on the appetite for a new referendum.

The London Evening Standard is edited by George Osborne, sacked by May as Britain's finance minister when she took office in 2016.

"In my view it may well just be a period of transition", she told LBC radio.

But asked if Mrs May could remain as Tory leader, Ms Soubry told the BBC: "She's a remarkable and very talented woman and she doesn't shy away from hard decisions, but she now has to obviously consider her position".

With 649 of 650 seats in the House of Commons declared, May's bruised Conservatives had 318 - short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority and well down from the 330 seats they had before May's roll of the electoral dice.

"May fights to remain PM", said the front page of the Daily Telegraph, while the Times of London said: "May stares into the abyss".

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