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Conservatives Lose Majority in UK Election

A year ago, Theresa May took over as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) after the country voted to leave the European Union (EU). In April, Prime Minister May called for an early snap election, believing she had the electoral support to enter Brexit negotiations with European leaders stronger than ever. She lost the gamble.


The outcome has shocked Britain and the world. May thought she would win in a historical landslide, but Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party won 261 seats. May's Conservative party only won 318 seats, 12 seats short in order to win a working majority. Because neither party won a majority, they now have what is called a 'hung parliament,' where no single party has a majority. Negotiations with the remaining 27 members of the EU will begin within the next few weeks. Moving forward, May will also be under pressure to expand police and security services to prevent terrorist attacks in the country.



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