UK Election Result 2017 Live: PM Theresa May likely to resign as hung British Parliament to disrupt Brexit talks

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New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 11:17:05 AM

UK Election Result 2017 Live: The exit polls for UK Election Result 2017 are out.

UK Election Result 2017 Live: The exit polls for UK Election Result 2017 are out.UK Election Result 2017 Live: The exit polls for UK Election Result 2017 are out. (Reuters image)

UK Election Result 2017 Live: The exit polls for UK Election Result 2017 are out. The exit polls are showing that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s conservative party will fall short of majority. The exit polls also predicted that Britain was heading for a hung parliament. This is a big setback for PM May who has voiced her support for staying in European Union. Reports are saying that this may have dented her prospect big time. May today said that her Conservative Party will work to provide stability whatever the result of the election. May had called the elections three years earlier to seek mandate.

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11:15 am: Citi said British Prime Minister Theresa May was likely to resign after she failed to win a majority in the election, according to Reuters report.

11:10 am: “Following what is widely regarded as a poor campaign and failure to translate a strong lead in the polls into a larger majority in the Commons, we expect May is likely to resign,” Citi said, adding that a new election was possible, as per Reuters report.

10:52 am: May had spent the campaign denouncing Corbyn as the weak leader of a spendthrift party that would crash Britain’s economy and flounder in Brexit talks, while she would provide “strong and stable leadership” to clinch a good deal for Britain.

10:48 am: But her campaign unravelled after a major policy u-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn’s old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen.

10:44 am: With 633 out of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 308 seats and were therefore no longer able to reach the 326-mark they would need to command a parliamentary majority. Labour had won 258 seats.

10:30 am: British Prime Minister Theresa May can no longer win an outright majority in parliament, according to Reuters calculations based on partial results of the election showed on Friday.

10:20 am: The electorate was voting to elect 650 MPs for the House of Commons, with about 45.8 million people entitled to vote. The final result is expected by Friday afternoon but the overall picture is likely to become clear in the early hours of Friday.

10:15 am: Based on the exit poll forecast, Theresa May’s gamble to call a snap general election in the hope of winning a stronger mandate and a larger majority seems to have not paid off as it showed she may end up short of the magic number.

10:05 am: The far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP) is set for a washout with no MPs while the Liberal Democrats are set to win 14 and the Green Party one MP, according to the NOP/Ipos MORI poll for BBC/ITV/Sky channels.

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10:00 am: In total, 30,450 people were interviewed as they exited from 144 polling stations across the UK. Most opinion polls and the bookmakers had been forecasting a strong majority for the ruling Tory party of between 50 and 70 MPs.

9:55 am: The markets reacted to the uncertainty with the pound sterling dropping against the dollar as the outcome of the results threw up the prospect of a hung Parliament.

9:50 am: The official exit poll traditionally released by UK broadcasters at 10pm when the polls close has a history of being fairly accurate in terms of the final picture that emerges once the results are declared.

9:45 am: A minority Conservative government could probably rely on the votes of the 10 or more MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland. But a minority Labour-led government could rely on Welsh Plaid Cymru’s three MPs, the one Green MP and the SDLP (three in the last Parliament).

9:40 am: The vote share indicated that Brexit is set to play a central role in the general election, with the constituencies in favour of remaining in the European Union (EU) in the June 2016 referendum voting for Labour and those for Leave going for the Tories.

9:35 am: Labour is projected to win 261, set to make 29 gains with the Tories losing nine seats – and the Scottish National Party (SNP) could lose 24 seats in a bad night for Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon whose party is projected to win 32 seats.

9:30 am: The projections indicate that the party remains shy of an overall majority, expected to win around 322 seats, down from the 2015 general election majority of 331 seats.

9:25 am: The forecast is slightly better for the Tories than the exit poll published when polls closed on Thursday night but would still potentially leave May with fewer MPs than when she called the general election to “strengthen her hand” in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

9:20 am: Among some of the heavyweight losses of the night include that of former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg losing his Sheffield Hallam stronghold to the Labour party, while fellow party colleague Vince Cable – who had lost his seat in a shock result in 2015 – has regained his Twickenham seat with a solid majority of 9,762.

9:10 am: “Politics has changed and this is people saying they have had quite enough… I am very proud of the results that are coming in and the vote for hope. The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate and the mandate is that she has lost seats,” Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in his victory speech, claiming on Twitter earlier that the Labour party had changed the face of British politics.

9:00 am: PM May has won her Maidenhead seat in south-east England with 37,780 votes.

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8:55 am: Scottish National Party Alex Salmond lost his seat.

8:53 am: PM May had unexpectedly called the snap election seven weeks ago, confident of sharply increasing the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron before launching into the Brexit talks. Instead, she risked an ignominious exit after just 11 months at Number 10 Downing Street, which would be the shortest tenure of any prime minister for almost a century.

8:47 am: PM May had won her own parliamentary seat of Maidenhead in southeast England. She said that at this time, more than anything else this country needs a period of stability. “If … the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes then it will be incumbent on us to ensure that we have that period of stability and that is exactly what we will do,” May said.

8:42 am: Sky News also predicted May would lose her majority, scoring somewhere between 315 and 325 seats, according to Reuters report.

8:37 am: An exit poll predicted the Conservatives would win 314 seats in Britain’s 650-member parliament and the left-wing opposition Labour Party 266 — a hung parliament with no clear winner, according to Reuters report.

8:32 am: If confirmed, the result would lead to a period of political uncertainty and could throw Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union _ due to start June 19 _ into disarray.

8:28 am: Sterling saw its biggest daily fall since January after an exit poll unexpectedly showed Prime Minister Theresa May losing her parliamentary majority in Britain’s election.

8:26 am: Clegg led the Liberal Democrat party through five years of coalition government with the Conservatives until 2015.

8:24 am: He lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in northern England to the Labour Party early Friday.

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8:22 am: British ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has lost his seat in Parliament, the biggest figure to fall so far in Britain’s surprising election

8:20 am: Britain’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls for Prime Minister Theresa May to quit after election losses, as per AP report.

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