Election result hints at softer Brexit

The Conservative Party’s loss of a majority diminishes the threat of crashing out of the EU without green strings attached, say commentators

Theresa May will be rueing her decision to call an early election. Photograph: Mykhaylo Palinchak/123RFThe general election has returned a hung parliament, with potentially diminished support for a hard Brexit and environmental deregulation.

Theresa May’s decision to call an early election rebounded on her on 8 June, when the Conservative Party was left with 318 seats - down 12 and eight short of a majority. She is now forming a minority government, shored up by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland.

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