Web Desk — British Prime Minister Theresa May is to seek permission to form a new government hours after voters delivered her party a huge blow, wiping out its parliamentary majority.
Theresa May to seek to form new government
May, who will shortly visit Buckingham Palace where she’ll meet with Queen Elizabeth II, will likely turn to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to provide her with the number of seats required for a narrow working majority.
In a night of high drama across the UK, May’s Conservative Party shed seats to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.
It’s an embarrassing turn for the Prime Minister who called the snap election three years earlier than required by law, convinced by opinion polls that seemed to place her in a strong position.
The result also plunges Britain’s exit from the European Union into possible chaos, with Brexit talks — due to start in 10 day’s time — likely to be delayed and May’s personal authority undermined.
Prior to the announcement that she is to seek to form a new government, rumors were swirling within Conservative Party circles that she might have to resign. She’s been at the helm for less than a year after taking over from David Cameron, who stepped down following the Brexit referendum.