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Theresa May Plunges UK into Political Chaos After Stunning Self-Own

The UK now faces a hung parliament, with no political party winning enough seats to govern alone.

Tim Hume

Britain's prime minister Theresa May suffered a stunning political own goal Thursday, leading her party to a catastrophic result in a snap general election. The UK now faces a hung parliament, with no political party winning enough seats to govern alone.

May called the election in April—three years earlier than required by law—seeking to strengthen her government's mandate ahead of critical Brexit negotiations with the European Union. Anything less than a big increase in the Conservatives number of parliamentary seats would have been considered a failure, but May and her party were confident of a landslide victory.

Instead, her party actually lost a dozen seats and forfeited its parliamentary majority, resulting in a hung parliament. The shock result has plunged the country into renewed political uncertainty, with a cloud hanging over who will lead the government in historic Brexit negotiations with the EU, due to begin in just ten days, and what the UK's position in those talks will be.

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