The Indian Express – UK election results 2017 live updates: Britain headed toward hung Parliament, Conservatives leading with 289

UK election results 2017: Prime Minister Theresa May had called for the snap elections in April.

The Conservative Party is now leading the UK general election with 246 seats, Labour party close behind with 228 seats. The snap elections were called by Prime Minister Theresa May.

This result will decide whether it will be Conservative Party leader May or her Labour Party rival Jeremy Corbyn who takes control of Britain’s exit from the European Union, a two-year negotiation which will plot a new course for the $2.6 trillion economy.

May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party.

While May’s campaign has relied on “strong and stable leadership” and a hard exit from European Union, Corbyn has emphasised the party is for the many and not the few. Exit polls predicted the Conservative Party securing the maximum seats but a hung parliament with neither party securing majority.

On prediction of May’s losses, Sterling saw its biggest daily fall since January before recovering some ground on Friday.


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