The UK General Election has delivered a hung parliament with neither the Conservative nor the Labour party getting a clear majority. For a clear majority 326 seats were needed but the Conservative party, which has emerged as the largest party, has secured 318 seats against 262 of the Labour party.
After the results came in, the British Prime Minister met the Queen. Later delivering a speech outside Downing Street on Friday, she announced that she would now be forming a government – a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for the country.
The Prime Minister has conformed the following Cabinet posts:
- Philip Hammond MP continues as Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Amber Rudd MP continues as Secretary of State for the Home Department
- Boris Johnson MP continues as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- David Davis MP continues as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
- Sir Michael Fallon KCB MP continues as Secretary of State for Defence
Further appointments are to be announced.
Speaking outside Downing Street, May further announced that her government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days, and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union.
Her Government, Theresa said, will work to keep Britain safe and secure by delivering the change that she had set out following the appalling attacks in Manchester and London – cracking down on the ideology of Islamist extremism and all those who support it. And giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe.
Theresa pointed out that she and the government will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do, so that we fulfil the promise of Brexit together and – over the next 5 years – build a country in which no one and no community is left behind. A country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared right across this United Kingdom.
Theresa further said:
“What the country needs more than ever is certainty, and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative & Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons.
As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular. Our 2 parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.
This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country – securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long-term prosperity.”
Theresa spoke with world leaders
The British Prime Minister took two telephone calls on Friday from other world leaders.
The French President Emmanuel Macron called to congratulate the Prime Minister, and said he was pleased that she would continue to be a close partner. The President invited the Prime Minister to visit France at the earliest possible opportunity, and they agreed that the strong friendship between our two countries was important and would endure.
The US President Donald Trump called the Prime Minister to offer his congratulations. Both sides agreed they look forward to continuing the close cooperation between our two countries.