Northern Ireland's DUP says talks ongoing with PM May's Conservatives

Theresa May was awaiting the real results after an exit poll suggested she was in for a bruising night

Theresa May was awaiting the real results after an exit poll suggested she was in for a bruising night

"Everybody is positioning themselves", said Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at Kings College London. And she was saying she was doing it to bring about strong and stable government. The main opposition Labour Party took 262. And the goal of its campaign seemed to be not to get close even to winning the election but simply to avoid some sort of complete wipeout.

This is a tendency that was apparent in the U.S. election a year ago as well.

On Friday, in the wake of an election that wiped out her own majority, a defiant May insisted she could provide "certainty" with a minority Conservative government relying on support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist party and its 10 MPs.

MARTIN: We're seeing that there are calls for Theresa May to resign.

"It's important to remember that our values are defined as much by who we stand with as what we stand for", she added.

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He said the Conservative election manifesto - which Hill and Timothy were key in drafting - was "a full assault on the core Tory voters, who are senior citizens".

Then in April, Cameron's successor, May, called an early election that again stalled talks with Brussels. It was three years before the next scheduled election, and the conservatives already had a secure, if small, majority. "When it becomes a matter for me is when people try to redefine marriage".

These would be likely to include increases in funding for Northern Ireland. Will the Democratic Unionists get something for their pains?

Northern Ireland is the only part of the U.K.in which same-sex marriage is illegal.

On a night of high drama, Mrs May - who went into the election with a majority of 17 - fell eight seats short of an overall majority.

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The Tories may have also underestimated the lasting anger in the region against the party, cemented with Margaret Thatcher's decision to close coal mines in the 1980s.

A visibly exhausted May said she obviously "wanted a different result" in Thursday's vote but and that she is "sorry for all those colleagues who lost their seats who didn't deserve to lose". I wouldn't go that far at this stage, but I think life is going to become very hard for Theresa May and the euro skeptics who want Britain to pull out of the European Union. Theresa May supporter Sylvia McDermott was puzzling it over as she walked her dog in Regent's Park. We've only just scratched the surface here.

The chaotic situation won't have long to settle: Formal Brexit negotiations with European Union leaders kick off on June 19. So what happens now?

As one teaching student at the University of London told VOA, "I think most of us here were against Brexit previous year".

SIEGEL: George Parker, political editor of the Financial Times in London, thanks for talking with us today. Please do keep us posted.

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This does not mean that anti-immigrant or Islamophobic sentiment does not exist in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, or even that it is in retreat; the Conservatives are still in power, after all, and Brexit is very much on the agenda.

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