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University of Kent student Toby French, who voted Labour in the 2017 United Kingdom general election, poses for a photograph on campus in Canterbury, Britain June 9, 2017.

Ryssdal: Yeah, well help me understand then Stephen, why the electorate that voted for Brexit a year ago - and granted it was close, 52 to 48 - but a year ago, they voted for it, and now they've denied Theresa May the stronger mandate for that Brexit.

In Wales, much of the Westminster bubble was predicting massive reverses for Labour but, as in Britain as a whole, once the media balance guidelines for the general election kicked in, the positive coverage of Corbyn and his message of hope boosted Labour. Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May is appointing new members of he.

Although a Labour government is not on the cards, a strong footing in Parliament will undoubtedly give voice to a more accepted political push back against Trump - who has become increasingly unpopular in the UK.

Senior Conservatives said there was no longer support in Parliament for a so-called "hard Brexit" after the party saw its Commons majority wiped out.

With the results in from all 650 constituencies, the Conservatives won 318 seats - down from 331 at the 2015 election - while Labour was on 262, up from 229. Before the election the Conservatives had 330 seats and Labour 229. As immigration from European countries drops, an increase of migrants from the Commonwealth could be expected to fill jobs previously held by European migrant workers.

Mrs May was working on a Cabinet reshuffle, although the election result makes it less likely she will risk alienating colleagues by making wholesale changes as she can not afford to have disgruntled former ministers sniping at her from the backbenches. Her majority vanished overnight, followed by frantic efforts to shore up a minority government with Northern Ireland's right-wing Democratic Unionist party.

She said they had had "very good discussions" in Belfast on Saturday with Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson, but declined to be drawn on the details.

With the Conservatives failing to win an outright majority, Mr Corbyn yesterday declared that Labour was "ready to serve this country" and repeated his call for Mrs May to stand down.

The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.

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A stony-faced Mrs May, speaking on the doorstep of her official Downing Street residence, said the government would provide certainty and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful Brexit deal.

European Union leaders expressed concern that May's loss of her majority would raise the risk of negotiations failing, resulting in a legal limbo for people and business.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic. People told pollsters that they were anxious about the future of the National Health Service, that they didn't like May's flip-flops on elderly care, that they were unnerved by instability unleashed by the Tories.

"I am delighted to see Labour do so well", the Vermont senator said in a Facebook post, linking to a Guardian news story.

"We will work with others, if it is at all possible, to keep the Tories out of government".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Friday declined immediate comment on the election results.

Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19.

It might feel like an affront to democracy, but the truth is that the prime minister is still the leader of Britain's largest political party, and she has found an ideological ally willing to back her.

Conservative Member of Parliament Anna Soubry was the first in the party to disavow Mrs May in public, calling on her to "consider her position".

She failed to express contrition for her gamble that spectacularly backfired, but newspaper headlines reflected the sense that she has been deeply wounded. The Times' front page said: "May stares into the abyss".


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