Brexit to go on, says May as she forms minority government

The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

She was the hard-working vicar's daughter who eschewed gossip and focused on "getting the job done", with her flamboyant shoes the only sign of rebellion. But Johnson said he backed May.

May's snap election call was the second time that a Conservative gamble on the issue of Britain's relations with Europe backfired.

The British PM was forced to relinquish her two closest aides - joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - as she struggled to reassert her authority.

"If, as the indications have shown, and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes then it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do", Ms May said, without explicitly mentioning her own role.

Owen Jones, writing in The Guardian, says Corbyn "has caused a sensation" and "he would make a fine prime minister".

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times newspaper found 48 percent of people felt May should quit while 38 percent thought she should stay.

Her new government was "wonderfully weak and unstable", he said, paraphrasing Mrs May's "strong and stable" election mantra. It aligns London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is suspended.

"My phone is full of texts from lots and lots of people from right across the party", he said.

The turmoil engulfing May has increased the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal. This would mean Britain's immediate and total withdrawal from the single market.

"If you believe in Britain and that our best days lie ahead, give me your backing to lead Britain".

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. A "soft" Brexit would remove Britain as a member of the European Union, but permit it to remain in the single market.

The pound on Friday fell 1.7 percent against the USA dollar and 1.4 percent against the euro.

Prime Minister Theresa May got into her armored Jaguar mid-morning Friday and, with her husband Philip, was driven to Buckingham Palace, where she told the Queen that she would form a new government.

She said the government would start Brexit negotiations with the European Union as scheduled in 10 days' time. May's office said Saturday principles of an agreement had been reached, but the two sides later clarified that they are still talking. The biggest loser of the night was the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which was all but decimated, as its voters flocked en masse to both Labour and Conservatives.

This is the first time since the 1990s that Britain has a minority government, in which the governing party can not get measures though Parliament without outside support.

The results confounded those who said the opposition Labour Party's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic.

Mr Leslie said Labour MPs were "working in this together" but he would not commit to serving in a shadow cabinet. They seemed to offer her a cushion to do something she rarely does: change her mind after weeks of vowing no early poll.

The former shadow chancellor labelled it an "OK result" after Mr Corbyn's party secured a higher-than-expected 262 seats and significantly boosted its vote share. Gove, who was dismissed when May became prime minister previous year, will now serve as environment secretary. Corbyn accused the Conservatives of undermining Britain's security by cutting the number of police on the streets. "They didn't want to leave the EU".

Without the 14 seats won by the Scottish Conservatives, Mrs May's party would have been languishing on just 305 seats.