Labour missed 'open goal' against Theresa May, says MP

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Ballot boxes are emptied to be counted for the general election in Glasgow, Scotland.

While May's top team has been left unchanged, she will have to fill gaps in her ministerial team after nine junior ministers lost their seats in what has been characterised as a disastrous election night for the ruling party, with the shock results going against every pre-election opinion poll forecast and the Jeremy Corbyn-led Opposition Labour faring far better than predicted. It now holds 318 seats.

May said she could rely in parliament on the support of her "friends" in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after her governing Conservatives failed to emerge as clear winners. But the uncertain outcome is more evidence that after the populist surges that produced Brexit and President Donald Trump - and the centrist fightbacks led by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron - politics remains volatile and unpredictable. "Tories turn on Theresa", echoed the Daily Mail, reporting that Conservative MPs "want her out in months". Now he's no longer prime minister and the United Kingdom is on its way out of Europe. Hard Brexit would have been anathema to many of them.

As the Conservative leadership begins formal negotiations with the DUP, disquiet is being expressed in some quarters about the move.

There is much uncertainty ahead for Britain, on Brexit and its domestic politics, but there is also reason for hope.

Mr Timothy said: "I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme". "The EU needs to reflect on the opportunity this affords it and the United Kingdom to seek a Brexit that is softer", Dr Oliver said.

Indeed, had Labour gained just a few more seats, May would not have been able to form a majority coalition at all, leading either to Corbyn being asked to form a government, or new elections being called.

THERESA MAY: I had wanted to achieve a larger majority, but that wasn't the result that we secured.

Anand Menon, a professor at King's College London, says it depends on several key factors.

The heroine of the Conservative campaign, Scottish leader Ruth Davidson, signalled her opposition by tweeting a link to a same-sex marriage lecture she gave past year.

Some say that remarkable win for Labour - echoed elsewhere in places with big student populations - suggests that a rise in college-age voters helped prevent a widely expected victory for Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in Thursday's election.

Perplexed EU leaders, unexpectedly faced with the prospect of dealing with now-shaky British leadership, sought Friday to make sense of the drama, but also made clear that while Britain might be accorded time to regroup, it should not expect an extension of the two-year deadline for the Brexit talks to end. "Of course, the core message was all lost because of the cacophony of noise we were making about social care, and so we were having to fight fires that we created ourselves rather than exposing the Labour Party's insane manifesto". By her own logic, she will now enter the negotiating chamber weaker than ever.

SIEGEL: Should we assume that Brexit is a done deal? "That's going to make it hard for the European Union 27 because they're going to want to know who they're talking to and what their policy is". May's political career is over, her authority as prime minister destroyed and everyone in Westminster knows it is only a matter of time before she steps down.

The Conservative Party looks guaranteed to be engulfed by internal warfare and blame games. The clock, they noted, is counting down towards March 29th 2019, the date on which Britain will leave the European Union whether or not it has a deal.

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