Conservative losses leave Brit

May takes a hard line on Brexit.

Conservative losses leave Britain on a knife-edge: What happens next?

June could very well be the end of May

Conservative losses leave Brit

May takes a hard line on Brexit.

The UK woke up on Friday morning with little idea of who is in charge, or what happens next. With the ruling Conservative party suffering dramatic losses, they no longer hold a majority of the 650 parliamentary seats available.

What follows next? Well, there is going to be a lot of deal-making, a lot of confusion… and A LOT of speculation, particularly surrounding the woman who called for this election, Theresa May.

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Triggering a snap election in order to strengthen her majority and boost her Brexit position, the last seven weeks have proved to be a catastrophic error of judgement from Mrs May. At one point, the Tories had a lead of more than 20 points in the polls, but that has been decimated during campaigning.

May’s political roulette seems to have backfired massively. Although she is still the most likely to form a coalition government – as Britain had in 2010 – voter and peer confidence in her have dropped to a demoralising low.

What happens now?

“In a hung parliament, the Conservative government will remain in office – and Theresa May can live in Downing Street – until it is decided who will attempt to form a new government or unless she decides to resign.

There may be a frenzied round of talks between the party leaders and their negotiating teams, as they try to put together another coalition government or a looser deal to put either Mrs May or Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (the only two people with a realistic chance) into power as prime minister.

Or one of the two party leaders could opt to go it alone and try to run a minority government, relying on the support of smaller parties when needed to get their laws passed.” (BBC Q&A)

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The deadline for negotiations between party leaders is Tuesday 13th June. The head of the coalition must prove to the Queen they have a workable government ahead of her speech on Monday 19th June.

The shock result comes on the back of a disastrous campaign for May, who now faces an uphill struggle to even prove she can take the Conservatives forward.