Hung parliament forecast for UK09/06/17Defence
The UK is set for a hung parliament after the Conservative Party is left with fewer seats than in the 2015 general election.
With one more seat still to be announced, the Conservative Party – led by Prime Minister Theresa May – currently has 318 seats, whilst the Labour Party, headed by Jeremy Corbyn, has 261.
May had hoped to increase the Conservatives’ majority in parliament to establish a stronger mandate to deliver Brexit.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) currently holds 35 seats in the Scottish Parliament, while the Liberal Democrats have come away with 12 in the National Parliament.
May is rumoured to have arranged a deal, but not a formal coalition agreement, with the DUP. A coalition with the party from Northern Ireland would give the Conservatives the numbers required to pass legislation in the House of Commons.
Corbyn urged May to resign, however, as he said she should “go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country”.
The response from Europe has focused upon speculation regarding the UK’s departure from the EU, with its budget commissioner, Günther Oettinger, questioning whether talks will start on 19 June as planned.
“No government – no negotiations,” he told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.
Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, who now chairs the European Council on Foreign Relations, added that the outcome is “messy”.
‘The voters of the United Kingdom are insecure, angry and upset’ and the result is ‘a vote against a hard Brexit’, wrote German tabloid, Frankfurter Allgemeine.
Also in Germany, Ingo Kramer, the president of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen **Arbeitgeberverbände (BDA)), said: “neither nationalism nor anti-EU rhetoric, nor left-wing social romanticism reach majorities. This message has now reached the British Isles.”
German MP Stephan Meyer said: “It means instability for Britain. Officially, Theresa May is still the partner in Brexit negotiations, but the political reality is different after this disastrous defeat. I can’t imagine that May will be able to remain prime minister.”