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Britain Votes

After bruising election loss, Theresa May says she will form government

After meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday following a devastating election for the Conservatives, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she will proceed to form a government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party in the "interests of the whole U.K."

There was no way for May's party alone to hold enough seats for a majority in Parliament. May called for the election in April when her party was 20 points ahead of its main opposition, the Labour Party, and she wanted to have a stronger mandate before Brexit talks.

The BBC is forecasting the Conservatives will win 318 seats, short of the 326 necessary for a majority, and Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn, will pick up seats for a projected total of 261. Corbyn earlier called for May to resign, but the prime minister said she would steam ahead with the Conservative agenda and Brexit negotiations.