Hung parliament would be a blow to Brexit negotiations

"The whole reason for the unexpected announcement of a snap election from Theresa May was to gain a more dominant hand when representing the negotiations, but this outcome would suggest it has backfired and ultimately will result in the door being opened even wider when it comes to the United Kingdom entering further political uncertainty". "In 2015, these guys were cheering and I was crying and now I'm cheering and they are crying", she said.

May had warned repeatedly during the campaign that if she lost only a few seats then Corbyn could take office, presiding over a "coalition of chaos" involving the SNP and Lib Dems.

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Jordan Rochester, a strategist at Nomura International, sounded a cautious note, saying that even the initial exit polls in 2015 had showed the Conservative party would fall short of majority and eventually went on to win with an majority.

If there's a hung parliament, which is what the exit polls have pointed to, it could take days for the majority party to form a coalition government, as David Cameron did with the Liberal Democrats in 2010.

SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it had been a disappointing night for her party, while Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Sturgeon should take the prospect of a second independence referendum off the table.

Some EU officials had voiced hope that a stronger majority for May could allow her to make more concessions in the negotiations. Results will come in overnight after an unsettled election held in the shadow of three deadly attacks in as many months. "At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability", she said, suggesting she would attempt to form a government even if her party loses its majority.

"I don't think that's in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) almost as much as security is", said Sheard, 22. She's the right person for the job, clearly.

Sterling "fell off a cliff" after the shock exit poll indicating the Tories may fall short of an overall majority.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who built his reputation as a left-wing activist, focused his campaign on ending the years of austerity that have followed the global financial crisis.

The campaign was hit by a suicide bombing at a Manchester concert on May 22, which killed 22 people, followed by Saturday's knife and van attack in central London, which left eight dead.

By contrast, Labour's Corbyn, a veteran socialist who had initially been written off as a no-hoper, was widely deemed to have run a strong, policy-rich campaign that enthused many followers.

Election-night headlines in Britain pointed Friday (Jun 9) to looming political turbulence and an uncertain future for Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Conservatives also struggled this week in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack after Labour successful shifted the debate onto cuts in the numbers of police officers under Mrs May when she was home secretary.

It is the third time Britons have been called to vote since 2015, twice for a general election and once for the European Union referendum, and voter fatigue appeared to be an issue for some.

"One always has to be cautious about these things", he said.