Theresa May shuns calls to resign after shock result:

Asia Middle East Forum

People living in Britain are waking up to uncertainty as Prime Minister Theresa May ignored calls to stand down after the ruling Conservative Party lost an overall majority in parliament in a general election on Thursday.

May had called the snap vote in April to strengthen her mandate ahead of negotiations with the European Union to quit the bloc.

“As I said many times during the campaign, I had wanted to achieve a larger majority, but that was not the result we secured,” May, who had previously pledged not to hold an early election, said on Friday.

She also apologised to her colleagues who had lost seats as a consequence.

The Conservatives won 318 seats and 42.4 percent of the vote share, while Labour won 262 and 40 percent of the vote share – an increase from the 2015 result which saw the left-wing opposition party win 232 seats.


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