UK Exit Poll: Theresa May's Conservative Party May Fall Short Of Majority

UK Exit Poll: Theresa May's Conservative Party May Fall Short Of Majority

There are 650 constituencies across the United Kingdom, meaning 326 MPs are needed for an absolute majority in parliament's lower House of Commons.

It should be emphasized that the exit poll results would still leave the Conservatives as the largest party (with 314 seats to Labour's 266), presumably giving it first shot at forming a coalition government.

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, meanwhile, has pledged to reverse cuts to corporation tax and nationalise key industries.

Exit poll figures from the BBC released as polls closed suggested the Conservative Party will lose seats as a result of Thursday's election, indicating the United Kingdom could be on course for a hung parliament.

In 2015, they significantly underestimated the Tory tally, putting David Cameron's party on 316 when it finally emerged with 331.

The projected loss for the Conservatives is 17 seats, with a gain of 34 seats for Labour.

She changed her mind, saying she wanted more support in her negotiations over the terms for Britain leaving the European Union.

Brexit talks were scheduled to start the week of June 19, but they will now likely have to be pushed back.

A hung parliament would have big outcome for Brexit regardless of which party forms government with Labour pushing for a "softer" divorce from the EU.

British newspaper The Times said: "Theresa May hoped to transform the political map of Britain last night".

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A total of 326 seats are required for a Commons majority. "She made the election a referendum on Theresa May and she has lost".

The exit poll, although a good indicator of broadly how Britons have voted, has not always correctly predicted the exact result in the past. If it proves to be correct, it would represent a major embarrassment for May, who called the vote to try to build on her current 330 seats by a substantial margin.

In a minority situation, a Labour government with the support of other parties is still possible.

She would, the reasoning goes, have been able to resist calls from some in her party who are prepared to see Britain leave without any sort of trade deal that would provide business easy and cheap access to the European Union single market.

"It is early days".

Unusually, no local elections are taking place at the same time, so results might come through earlier than in recent general elections.

"It's hard to see if these numbers were right how they would put together the coalition to remain in office". This means May has a real chance of being forced to resign if other parties can cobble together an anti-Conservative coalition.

A last-minute poll by ComRes for The Independent predicts that Theresa May will secure the biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.

Given Brexit talks are due to start on June 19, a weak minority government with no real mandate would undermine Britain's position in negotiations, leaving open the possibility of another election later this year, as happened in the United Kingdom in 1974. Two weeks earlier, a suicide bomber killed 22 people as they were leaving a concert in Manchester, and five people died during at attack near Parliament on March 22. Polling stations opened across Britain on Thursday amid heightened security worries fo.

The Prime Minister called what she thought would be a Brexit-focused election, but the issue was quickly overshadowed by security as two deadly terror attacks, in Manchester and London, struck during the campaign period.