Theresa May’s gamble to call a snap election and increase her narrow overall majority to strengthen her hand in the coming Brexit talks, and at the same time deliver coup de grace to Labour under Jeremy Corbyn has badly backfired, with a hung parliament, and leaving her in effect a walking wounded politician whose own future is now being questioned, as it was noticeable that no major Conservative political figure has come out to defend her.
Before the recent election, the Conservatives had an overall majority of 331 members of parliament, but the election results shattered this to 318 members.
The June 8, 2017 UK election results has created potential political chaos, with no party commanding an overall majority , and instead of stability and strengthening of the UK’s hands in the Brexit talks there is now uncertainty, lack of political strength with potential economic implications as the British pound has been shaken by the results.
Broken and adrift
Pundits proven wrong
Questions will be raised on why May took this high risk political gamble and lost, raising the prospect that if no coalition partnership works, whether Conservative or Labour, then the likelihood of another UK election is certain before the end of the year, as governments cannot govern, stumbling along on a vote basis. Her own future is now in doubt, as many will point out that she was not elected to the Prime Ministerial position when she took over from Cameron as Party Leader and she could have ruled with the old majority for another three years.Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady
Voting patterns were also a major element for Labour’s success, with younger voters and those that voted to remain in the Brexit referendum opting for Labour, while the Conservatives attracted voters who voted for exit as well as an older generation of voters, although the Conservative Party lost some of these votes through an own goal when May announced plans to cut retirement benefits. Voters focused on austerity and economic issues, with Brexit and Scottish independence being a low priority and Corbyn got this right.