UK Brexit Election Results: Business School Community Reacts On Twitter

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party he leads for what's being called one of the most stunning upsets in United Kingdom political history.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she would insist on gay and lesbian rights, including the right to marry. "All over the world, people are rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality".

Ms May is expected to form a minority government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party (of Northern Ireland), which is likely to offer informal support. "Britain is part of Europe, even if it will no longer be part of the European Union". May's own future as leader of the Conservative Party could be in question.

May has won her Maidenhead seat in south-east England with 37,780 votes. At the time of writing, it appears that the Conservatives have struck a non-formal deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (the largest Northern Irish party, which supports Brexit) to allow Theresa May to continue as prime minister in a minority government.

With no clear victor likely to emerge from Thursday's vote, May vowed to provide stability, while Corbyn said she should step down.

Of the agreement she said: "This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the European Union which guarantees our long-term prosperity".

In the event of a hung parliament - where no party wins enough seats to have a majority in the House of Commons - the two major parties, Conservatives and Labour, will try and form a coalition government with one of the smaller parties.

Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May a year ago - called her a "dead woman walking", and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time. The BBC reports that the Tories lost 12, while Labour-the party of Corbyn-gained 29.

Most opinion polls and the bookmakers had been forecasting a strong majority for the ruling Tory party of between 50 and 70 MPs.

"We are ready for the negotiations".

The unhappy result of these conditions is that it will be hard to create a strong negotiating position on Brexit, and British negotiators will be left groping for solid political ground on which to take a stand.

"I think it's pretty clear who won this election", Corbyn told reporters. "I would have thought that is enough for her to go".

"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.

DUP leader Arlene Foster's initial comments were non-committal: "The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge". He made up ground in the course of the campaign, closing a big gap.

May's miscalculation in calling this election harks back to an earlier blunder by her immediate predecessor: former Prime Minister David Cameron and his decision to hold a referendum on "Brexit" in the first place.

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