May to form govt. despite Tory slide

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"As I reflect on the results I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said on Friday in a televised statement.

On Thursday night, the Conservative Party lost their majority in a stunning upset that is being attributed to political activism spurred by the Brexit horror, and a voter turnout that increased by 5% since the previous election, according to the Independent.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks next to her husband Philip in London Friday.

After noon, May was driven from her official Downing Street residence to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.

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". Further announcements were expected on Saturday.

The surprising outcome, which sent the pound tumbling, forced May to form a minority government, leaving her reliant on a small group of Northern Irish parliamentarians, just nine days before Britain is due to begin negotiating a deal to leave the EU. And the relationship between the Conservatives and its minority government partner, the Democratic Unionist Party, also remains unclear.

One DUP lawmaker suggested support for May could come vote by vote, making the job of governing fraught with risk.

JOHN SPRINGFORD, Director of Research, Center for European Reform: This was certainly a rejection of Theresa May's very tough Brexit strategy where she was going to cleave a lot of the links between the United Kingdom and the E.U.

While the Conservatives remain the largest party, they have gone backwards, letting David Cameron's 2015 majority slip through their fingers. "I'm very proud to lead this party". At the time, they had 330 out of 650 seats in the House of Commons.

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And there's Brexit. The U.K.'s withdrawal talks with the European Union are due to begin in just 10 days.

Sterling plunged against the dollar and the euro as the election result created even more uncertainty over the whole Brexit process. Their priority will be to get the best deal for Northern Ireland.

"We need a government that can act", EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

Without doubt voters rejected a hard Brexit, argues Ian Dunt, the editor of the news-site politics.co.uk.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said "we have made good progress but the discussions continue". Those Conservative lawmakers, such as Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, a rising political star, who favor a softer Brexit will have to be placated.

Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a thumbs up as he arrives at Labour Party headquarters in central London, June 9, 2017. "The mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence". She called the early election with her party comfortably ahead in the polls in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the European Union.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Leslie said: "We shouldn't pretend that this is a famous victory".

National security was also a major issue of the election campaign following recent and deadly terror attacks in the country. "I would have thought that is enough for her to go".

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