The UK voted in 650 lawmakers to the House of Commons on Thursday following Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap election three years early (Reuters 1). Two Reuters journalists posited that May was “confident her Conservative Party would increase its majority and strengthen her hand in the Brexit talks” (Reuters 1). However, the election resulted in a hung Parliament with the Conservative Party narrowly missing the 326 seat majority (Reuters 1). In total, the Conservative party has 318 seats, Labour has 262, the Scottish National Party has 32 and Liberal Democrats have 12 (Telegraph). May has stated that Brexit negotiations will proceed as planned, beginning next week (Reuters 2).
May is creating a minority government by teaming her Conservative party with the Democratic Unionists (DUP), a Northern Ireland party with 10 seats in Parliament (Reuters 2). The DUP is a conservative, pro-Brexit party that supports Northern Ireland’s position in the UK (Reuters 1). Former Prime Minister John Mayor expressed concern that the alliance could revive tensions between Irish pro-Britain supporters and Irish Catholics who support a united Ireland (Reuters 1). The 1998 Good Friday agreements that brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades of violence calls for the British government to stay neutral on Irish politics (AP).
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