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May: “I Will Now Form a Government” That Can “Lead Britain Forward”

Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a defiant note after the results of the UK’s snap election on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Theresa May offered a brief, but defiant, address to the British people on Friday, following the surprising results of Thursday’s snap election. BBC captured May’s remarks in front of 10 Downing Street live:

According to early reports, May received permission from Queen Elizabeth II to form a government “that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time.” May’s focus, it seems, will be on Brexit negotiations that start in 10 days and combating terrorism after a string of recent attacks on the British people.

The results of the snap election surprised many. The Conservatives will finish with either 318 or 319 seats, less than the 350 to 360 seats some political analysts expected. The snap election left serious questions about the Conservative campaign machinery, raising the possibility of a thorough post-election review.

Still, with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats, May will hit the 326-seat target she needs to form a government. May’s stiffest opposition will come from the Labour Party (261 seats, led by Jeremy Corbyn), the Scottish National Party (35 seats, led by Nicola Sturgeon), and the Liberal Democrats (12 seats, led by Tim Farron).