United Kingdom leader May seen fighting for survival after election failure

Mrs May has declared her intention to stay on in Number 10 despite leading her party to an embarrassing defeat, the coming weeks and months pose a series of challenges that may yet see her ousted. In the short term, she could yet manage it.

Brexit talks: Now that the Tories failed to secure a mandate and a majority in Parliament, the negotiations, scheduled to start on June 19, could be put on hold. In the aftermath of Thursday's shock result, many assumed May would stand down, perhaps allowing in a new leader from her Conservative party.

But Dogus, who arrived in Britain in his teens from Turkey, was also keen to make his campaign about himself, using his experience with setting up and running small businesses to win over voters, rather than focusing on the Labour leader.

Instead, May seems keen to push ahead with the discussions. And the relationship between the Conservatives and its minority government partner, the Democratic Unionist Party, also remains unclear.

After calling a snap election in April in anticipation of a landslide, she ended up with an electoral train wreck, in which her Conservative Party actually lost its parliamentary majority. It's a brilliant, Machiavellian move, leaving her - for the moment at least - surprisingly unassailable. But that may not matter. She says she's not going anywhere, but how long can she, kind of, hang in there? At the time, she was talking up her ability to negotiate with Europe.

Dogus sharply closed the gap on the sitting member of parliament from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency - home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the British capital's financial centre. There is little sign she cares.

Theresa May's electoral gambit was a simple one, there for everyone to see in her campaign speeches and the Conservative party's Facebook adverts: The prime minister wanted to make 2017 the Brexit election, and sell herself as the woman to do it, netting as numerous 3.8 million people who voted UKIP in 2015 as possible. He will be the unchallenged leader of the party which will now be in the grip of the left for the foreseeable future.

And of all the possible explanations for the "shock" British election result (lunar cycles, cadmium levels in the Thames, Pippa Middleton being off the singles' market), the most plausible is that a big group of young people got off their arses and voted, changing the outcome of an election that everybody thought was done and dusted.

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

It also reflects the USA presidential election, where Donald Trump commanded 52 per cent of the over-65s but only 36 per cent of the under-29s.

UKIP: A big goose egg for the UK Independence Party - the nationalist movement that favored an exit from the European Union.

"Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated", tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian premier who is the European Parliament's point man for the Brexit process. Led by pugnacious Euroskeptic David Davis, it also includes Trade Minister Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Commentary: Calm down, America. So she could find that life is made significantly more hard because she doesn't have that majority. They overwhelmingly support Brexit, want more controls on immigration, and are concerned about national security. Many analysts said it was unlikely May could remain leader for long now that her authority has been eroded.

In the June 8 election, voters appeared lukewarm about that concept. Constituencies that voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum tended to boost the Labour vote, as was the case in London.

Britain still has cards to play: it remains a major player in European defense within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, for example.

May's snap election call was the second time that a Conservative gamble on the issue of Britain's relations with Europe backfired. "It is not only about the United Kingdom, but also about the future of Europe", he told The Associated Press.

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