May vows to stay as UK PM; says Brexit will go on

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The election outcome is an embarrassing turn for May who called the vote three years earlier than required, to give her a strong position in Brexit negotiations.

"It's an issue very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurances from the Prime Minister on, and I received (them)", said Davidson, who is engaged to be married to her female partner.

The Conservatives held 330 seats in the last Parliament, compared with 229 for Labour, 54 for the Scottish National Party and nine for the Liberal Democrats. Instead, they lost seats and the majority, and will be forced to form a coalition government with a smaller party.

"She's staying, for now", the source told Reuters.

Just after noon on Friday, Ms May was driven the short distance from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system. Further announcements were expected today.

May said Friday she will attempt to form a minority government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP.

"We are ready to do everything we can to put our program into operation; there isn't a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party, the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost".

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to be a "bloody hard woman" during her country's upcoming divorce negotiations with the European Union, has been ruthlessly reminded that British voters can be bloody hard as well.

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A year after the Brexit vote, Britain appears as divided as ever - between young and old, left and right, pro- and anti-Europe.

The Conservatives remain the largest party in Britain, but now face the prospect of a hung parliament.

The DUP party traditionally held a "euroscpetic" stance and backed the Brexit vote.

"The last thing business leaders need is a parliament in paralysis, and the consequences for British businesses and for the United Kingdom as an investment destination would be severe", said Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors business lobby.

Speaking after the result, Mr White congratulated Julie Cooper on her win saying it has been a "clean and fairly fought campaign". But the uncertainty of a hung parliament has raised concerns about Britain's ability to negotiate divorce terms by then, that would ensure that people and businesses are not stuck in legal limbo.

But that was one thing Britain clearly lacked.

There was little sympathy for May from some Europeans. Council President Donald Tusk has said he believes Article 50 can be reversed, while European parliament president Antonio Tajani also said Britain could be welcomed back in case of a U-turn under a new government. However, many top party officials have called for a "softer" process.