European Union ready for Brexit negotiations, says Merkel

Posted June 14, 2017

No doubt, the result triggered the bout of political uncertainty in the U.K. Notably, formal Brexit talks are slated to start in about 10 days. Speaking after being re-elected to his London seat, Corbyn said May should "go. and make way for a government that is truly representative of all the people of this country".

In the new government, May plans to ally with the small Democratic Unionist Party, the BBC reports.

But her promise to offer "strong and stable leadership" was undermined by the U-turn on social care - and her own broken promise not to call the election in the first place.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May should resign.

Then, attacks in Manchester and London that killed a total of 30 people brought the campaign to a halt - twice, sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism. I would've thought that's enough to go, actually.

What may make life easier for the government the Conservatives seek to build can be a lack of discipline within the opposition.

Theresa May massively miscalculated in calling an election.

However, even this would have been a huge disappointment to Mrs May, who claimed the reason she called the election was to secure a more substantial mandate for Brexit, as it would still have represented a much weaker position than the one from which she called the election.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Commission, urged the May government to get on with negotiations, noting that the United Kingdom has less than two years to extricate itself from the EU - which is considered a gargantuan task.

Even if Labour had miraculously won, the party itself is still divided; there are many in the Labour Party who spent the last two years sounding of the alarm of Labour Party's demise under Corbyn; as Tony Blair wrote before Corbyn's first election, Labour was "walking eyes shut, arms outstretched, over the cliff's edge to the jagged rocks below". "Obviously Labour hasn't won the election, but it could have been an terrible lot worse". Her predecessor, David Cameron, first asked British voters to decide in 2016 whether to leave the European Union or stay in, triggering the divorce that will leave the bloc with 27 members when Britain leaves in 2019. "We need a government that can act", said Oettinger. "Time for everyone to regroup".

To withstand the internal party pressures on her, the Prime Minister clearly needs broad political support.

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the DUP", May said as she began to formulate her new government. "We have less than two years to negotiate the we should not waste any time now".

In a letter to the PM congratulating her on her reappointment, he said the two-year time frame set out under Article 50 of the European Union treaties left no room for delay. European officials are anxious that the weaker position of the Conservatives make a breakdown in negotiations more likely.

Her party is deeply divided over what it wants from Brexit.

The leading Leave campaigner has been charged with overseeing Britain's departure from the European Union as Brexit Secretary, so he is bound to be talked about as a potential PM.

Office worker Christina Kelly, 38, described the result as "not exactly an ideal situation" but said it would likely focus more attention on Northern Ireland and particularly how Brexit would affect the region.

The result was bad news for the Scottish National Party, which by early Friday had lost about 20 of its 54 seats. Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister".

"Spreadsheet Phil" was seen as an assured operator when he moved into the Treasury previous year, but his credibility was shaken by his Budget climbdown over a hike in National Insurance.

The broadcaster said Sturgeon was "disappointed at the SNP losses".

Every week, year and election, more and more of us reach the voting age of 18. "Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy".

Unlike the American system, where one votes separately for president, senator and congressman, in the Parliamentary system followed by Britain, Canada and Australia, citizens only vote for their Member of Parliament; only her constituents voted for Theresa May. Nuttall served as leader of UKIP until he announced his resignation Friday morning.