British PM May Won’t Resign After Her Party Fails To Win An Overall Majority
London: The UK is set for a minority government, as the ruling Conservative Party failed to win an overall majority in snap elections, media reported on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May does not plan to resign after losing her majority in pursuit of a stronger mandate for Brexit talks.
With 629 results in out of the total 650, the latest party figures are: Conservatives: 42 percent (up 5); Labour Party 40 percent (up 10); Liberal Democrats 7 percent (down 1); Scottish National Party (SNP) 3 percent (down 2); UK Independent Party 2 percent (down 11); and Greens Party 2 percent (down 2), reports the Guardian.
The Conservatives are projected to get 316 seats, Labour 265, the SNP 34 and the Liberal Democrats 13.
The sitting Prime Minister Theresa May who chose to call Thursday’s snap general election to strengthen her hand in talks with the European Union over Britain’s exit from the 27-nation bloc.
Meanwhile, as the exit polls on Thursday night indicated gains for the opposition party, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asked May to resign. But May refused to resign, saying that her party would ensure stability in the UK.
“At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability,” May said.
The leader of UK Independence Party Paul Nuttall tweeted: “If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris.”
The biggest shock so far has been the Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg losing his seat to a Labour candidate. He was deputy prime minister of the UK from 2010 to 2015 in a coalition government with the Conservatives.
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond was also defeated, losing his seat to a Conservative contender.
A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 45.8 million people entitled to vote.
A party needs 326 seats to have an overall majority.