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Polls put May in awkward position to negotiate Brexit

By Harvey Morris ( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-06-17 07:15:57

The media in the United Kingdom looked to horror movies for inspiration to describe British Prime Minister Theresa May's shock setback in the June 8 election, but by mid-week they had recycled the theme to suggest she might yet rise from the grave in which many thought she had been prematurely buried.

To recap: May's ruling Conservative Party did win the snap poll, but her failure to secure absolute majority in the House of Commons shattered her claim to be the only "strong and stable" leader to undertake Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

By contritely apologizing to her members of parliament for the mess she had landed them in, May has perhaps bought herself some time. A much-criticized tactical alliance with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party could give her the necessary votes to get a stripped-down manifesto through parliament.

Polls put May in awkward position to negotiate Brexit

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