LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Friday to remain in power and push ahead with difficult talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union despite a stunning election blow that left her Conservative Party grievously weakened and the country in a political tailspin.
“I will now form a government — a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country,” May said in front of her offices at 10 Downing Street following a 20-minute meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
As questions swirled over whether her Brexit plans can survive, May promised no delays in negotiations with the E.U., which are scheduled to begin within days.
“What the country needs more than ever is certainty,” she said.
Her expression was grim-faced and joyless, and she made no direct reference to the election results that have left her authority in tatters and tipped the scales in favor of her political opponents, including a once-hapless far-left Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
For May, the results Thursday were precisely the opposite of what she had hoped. May called the snap election seeking to strengthen her hand in the E.U. negotiations and further sideline her political critics.
Instead, the Conservatives lost their majority in Parliament — they will need the backing of Northern Irish unionists just to stay
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