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As it happened: PM May seeks queen's approval to form UK government

© Justin Tallis | AFP Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017, en route to Buckingham Palace.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-06-09

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party has failed to win a majority in Britain's snap election, but the embattled leader says she will seek to govern with the backing of the Democratic Unionist Party.

  • May defied calls to resign, saying the Conservatives were the only party able to form a government capable of delivering Brexit after the shock election result.
  • May says she will seek to govern with the backing of the Democratic Unionist Party, the largest party in Northern Ireland.
  • The Conservatives won 318 seats, down 12 seats from 2015, while Labour under Jeremy Corbyn won 262.
  • Labour won the vote in the Kensington constituency, the richest in the country, after a third recount Friday evening.
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the prime minister to resign, saying he is “ready to serve the country".
  • May had called the election (she did not legally need to call one until 2020) to strengthen her mandate and position ahead of imminent Brexit divorce talks with the EU.
     

Date created : 2017-06-09

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