Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.
With results of all but one in the 650-member British Parliament declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party’s 34.
I think if we’d had a large Conservative majority like all the polling was pointing to, then Theresa May could’ve pushed through her version of Brexit. While May had shifted the Conservative Party manifesto more to the political left than any recent leader of the party, by the time the election campaign kicked off, she was being seen as one of the weakest Conservative leaders to take the helm of the party in recent history.
The increase mostly benefited Labour, which won the majority of seats where turn out was up by more than five per cent. It also promised to guarantee the rights of European citizens now living in Britain, regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. British citizens approved the plan in a vote a year ago.
That puts the future of Brexit negotiations and even May’s own position up in the air. This would mean Britain’s immediate and total withdrawal from the single market.
May faced pressure to step down following the shock election result from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The election had been classified as a “Brexit election” and the result is being seen as giving hope to the 48 per cent who had voted to remain in the European Union in the June 2016 referendum and a rejection of May’s so-called “hard Brexit” stance. However, the PM has insisted that she plans to remain in office.
He said the March 2019 deadline leaves us with no time to lose. She said the country “needs stability” after the inconclusive election result.
“The success of the Labour Party winning more seats than expected was because they tapped into anxiety over public spending cuts since 2010, anxiety over the state of National Health Service, and also concerns with youth voters over the amount of student debt and access to United Kingdom housing – two big issues”. “The math and chemistry in the Commons will be pushing away from a hard Brexit”, he said.
Any such arrangement would be fraught with political risk for May, fuelling uncertainty among businesses over what the final terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union would look like, and how it will affect future trade with the bloc. They said it could harm the Brexit talks, which are to begin in 10 days.