UK Election 2017: Donald Trump congratulates Theresa May for coalition, offers 'warm support'

Washington: US President Donald Trump has spoken over phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May and offered his "warm support" after her Conservative party failed to muster a simple majority in Britain's snap polls.

British prime minister Theresa May. AP

British prime minister Theresa May. AP

"President Trump emphasised his commitment to the United States-United Kingdom special relationship and underscored that he looks forward to working with the prime minister on shared goals and interests in the years to come," the White House said in a statement.

May's gamble of calling snap polls backfired after the British electorate delivered a hung Parliament, forcing her to seek the support of a small Northern Irish party for staying in power, as the country braces for hard Brexit talks.

With results declared for all of the 650 seats of British Parliament, the Conservatives won 318 while the opposition Labour secured 262, leaving neither party anywhere close to the 326 seats required for an overall majority.

Published Date: Jun 10, 2017 11:29 AM | Updated Date: Jun 10, 2017 11:29 AM

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