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Initial results: British conservatives lose absolute majority of votes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 8 June, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party received the majority of votes in early election. However, it is entirely possible the party has lost its absolute majority, according to estimates compiled by BBC based on initial vote counting results.

While the Tories have lost their mandate, positions of the Labour Party have improved.

Such an outcome would mean a humiliating defeat for May, because she went into early elections hoping to strengthen her positions before the upcoming Brexit talks, which are set to commence 19 June.

Nevertheless, if the final results confirm current trends, UK can expect a period of political uncertainty, which will significantly weaken London’s positions in talks with Brussels.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, has already extended an offer for May to step down. She responded to this offer by saying that the goal of the Conservative Party is to ensure stability in the country.

«The country needs a period of stability and whatever the result the Conservative Party will ensure that we fulfil our duty in ensuring that stability,» May said.

In response to initial results, exchange rate of the British pound sterling has experienced a rapid decline.

To secure majority in the parliament, a party needs to receive at least 326 seats. It seems conservatives do not have any chances of that.

According to initial vote counting results from 616 election sites out of 650, Tories, who had 330 seats out of 650 in the previous parliament, have secured 297 so far. This means a loss of 12 seats for them.

At the same time, Labour Party has won in 252 regions, gaining 28 additional seats from that.

32 seats have been secured by the Scottish National Party. The party has lost 20 mandates, whereas Liberal Democrats have secured five additional seats.

Among the Scottish nationalists who lost their mandate is their former leader Alex Salmond, whose government organized the referendum for Scotland’s independence in 2014.


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