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May shed a 'little tear' over election failure

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Prime Minister admitted to shedding a "little tear" after husband Phillip May told her the results of the exit poll for the snap election.

Prime Minister Theresa May says she shed "a little tear" when she learned the results of the exit poll on general election night.

May's Conservative Party had its governing majority wiped out in one of the most dramatic nights in British political history.

She has since come under pressure to resign.

She said: "You're a human being, you've been through that experience, but I was there as leader of the party and prime minister and had a responsibility then, as we went through the night, to determine what we were going to do the next morning".

The exit poll put the Conservatives on 314 seats to Labour's 266, while the SNP were predicted to drop to 34 seats and the Lib Dems gain enough to finish on 14. "It took a few minutes for it to sink in what it was telling me".

May told BBC in an interview that she did not listen herself to the result of the poll as she had a "little bit of a superstition about things like that" and instead her husband, Philip May, tuned in to watch the announcement on television.

Mrs May has found her authority diminished since the disastrous general election she called to get a mandate for Brexit.

But the party's campaign, which was heavily criticized by several of its own members, proved unpopular with voters.

May said her campaign was not "perfect", but said she expected that her party would increase its majority.

"I felt, I suppose, devastated really".

Barnett followed this up by asking if, as a feminist, May had worries about making an informal coalition deal with the Democratic Unionists given the Northern Irish party's position on some equalities issues.

The Repeal Bill is central to the government's plan to exit the European Union in 2019, disentangling Britain from more than 40 years of European Union lawmaking and repealing the treaty that first made Britain a member in 1972.

May, who now has a wafer-thin majority in parliament, has called on all parties to work together to secure the best deal for Britain.

May became the prime minister a year ago after David Cameron, who had campaigned for Britain to remain a part of the European Union, stepped down following Brexit referendum.

In a joint statement they hit out at the government, describing the bill as "a naked power-grab, an attack on the founding principles of devolution and could destabilize our economies".

The Bill has also attracted criticism from Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones.

The statement added that neither government could "recommend that legislative consent is given to the Bill as it now stands".


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