UK election ends in stalemate

Hauwa Abubakar UK

The UK elections have ended and results show that Theresa May’s Conservative party has the highest seats in parliament, but failed to secure the average 326 seats to become the majority party.

The party suffered a loss of 12 seats, to opposition parties.

Another party that suffered a loss is the Scottish National Party, which lost 21 seats to Labour and Conservatives.

Other parties that suffered losses are UKIP, which lost its only seat. SDLP lost its three seats and Ulster Unionists Party lost its two seats.

Amid these losses, Labour gained an additional 29 seats, Lib Dem won four more seats, Democratic Unionist party won two more, bringing their total to 12.

Coalitions

There are speculations that Conservatives would strike a coalition deal with DUP, to get the majority number.

However, this claim has not been confirmed, as DUP leader Arlene Forster said it was too soon to discuss a coalition government with the Conservatives.

Meanwhile, Theresa May is visiting the Queen to seek permission to form a UK government.

The party needs 8 eight more seats to win the majority and it hopes that a coalition with the DUP could help it reach majority.

But the DUP and Conservatives have differing principles on many issues and as they wait to see how the situation turns out, Labour party is hoping to form a minority government, having had a surge in the number of seats even though they too did not make majority.

The Telegraph reported that in order to form a Government, Labour party would be expected to explore the potential for co-operation with other “progressive” parties like the Lib Dems, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party’s sole MP Caroline Luca.

But Lib Dem and Labour had said in their campaigns that they would not form a coalition.

“Other arrangements short of a coalition could involve a “supply and confidence” agreement under which smaller parties would pledge to back the Government’s budget and program without taking up ministerial positions in the new administration,” the Telegraph reported.

Earlier, SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon said she would welcome a coalition with Labour Party.

Stability

After she was declared the winner for her constituency, May said no matter the results, the United Kingdom would now experience stability and have a clear direction in Brexit negotiations while promising to continue to represent her constituency well.

Also, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thanked voters for voting Labour and promised that the interest of the people would be the centre point of Brexit negotiations going forward, even as he suggested Theresa May steps down.

“She asked for the people’s mandate,” he said, “well, a mandate she’s got.”

 

Zainab Sa’id