Theresa May lost majority; labourists request her resignation

Jeremy Corbyn celebrated his party's advance in the elections
Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP
09/06/2017
11:19
London
Inder Burgarin
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The United Kingdom held yesterday anticipated general elections, in which the Prime Minister Theresa May lost the parliamentary majority.

During the first hours of the day, London time, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labourist Party, stated that May should resign and allow a labourist government before the poor results achieved by her party.

“This election was called in order for the Prime Minister (…) she lost support and lost confidence. I would have thought that's enough to go and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country,” he declared.

May responded that if 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.” In other words, she is not leaving.

According to preliminary results disclosed last night by the BBC, the Tories won 318 seats, which would represent a setback of 13 and the loss of the absolute majority set in 326. The Labourists would have obtained 267 seats, which means an outstanding achievement for Corbyn, who arrived at the electoral contest without unity in his party. The advance would have been of 35 seats.

Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, would have been the other political winner. Waving the anti-Brexit banner, it would have increased from 8 to 11 seats.

The Scottish National Party lost force, with 24 fewer seats, although it maintained its weight as Scotland's largest party with 32.

All this would mean the left's resurgence and actually, Jeremy Corbyn is considered the political winner of the election for managing to position his party as a strong opposition to conservatives.

Likewise, the results add uncertainty to the Brexit negotiations, which are expected to begin in 10 days and end in March 2019.

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