Jeremy Corbyn was just 2227 votes away from becoming Prime Minister

As votes were still being counted, she began talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and went to see the Queen.

Had the Conservatives seized five seats including Dudley North, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Crew and Nantwich and Canterbury from Labour - seats where Mr Corbyn's party won by a small margin - Theresa May would have gone into Brexit negotiations with a majority in the Commons. Kampfner says that "non-UK European Union nationals are an important part of the creative economy".

Business, already struggling with the uncertainties of the two-year Brexit negotiating process, urged party leaders to work together.

Of course, May did not count on timing alone.

She seems secure for the immediate future, because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest.

One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that Britain is a divided country: many are exhausted of austerity, many remain frustrated or angry about Brexit, and many younger people feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation.

But British voters, it is now clear, weren't fooled. Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, said the results were "a disaster for Theresa May", the BBC reports. They realized that they were being manipulated - and they took their revenge at the polls.

The facing a hung Parliament and May has resisted calls to resign, after her Tories lost 12 seats and the rival Labour Party picked up 29. All of this is true.

May's gamble that she could capitalize on Britons' desire to quit the European Union and perceived weakness in the opposition Labour Party backfired on Thursday as voters stripped her of her parliamentary majority.

May attempted to portray Brexit as essentially a done deal.

Late in the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues. May will lead a minority government. She claims that this government will get the country through the Brexit talks and will lead Britain forward.

It's looking like the Conservative Party will remain in power with a semi-stable working majority of 16: the Conservatives plus Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) seats, minus Sinn Fein and the Speaker. Even the Conservative Party is split between hard-line Brexiteers and former Remainers.

According to constitutional convention in the United Kingdom, the Lords do not block measures that the government had in its manifesto.

Labour's Corbyn, revelling in a storming campaign performance after pundits had pronounced his party all but dead, said May should step down and that he wanted to form a minority government. Following David Cameron's Brexit debacle on June 23, 2016, this marks the second time in less than a year that an over-confident, Conservative Party leader has been wrongly convinced of the British electorate's readiness to support his or her political mandate.

The election had been classified as a "Brexit election" and the result is being seen as giving hope to the 48 per cent who had voted to remain in the European Union in the June 2016 referendum and a rejection of Mays so-called "hard Brexit" stance. But it would at least give them what May never would until now: a real chance to choose the kind of Brexit they want.

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