A quick recap of how Theresa May’s gamble in calling an election to firm up support for Brexit backfired – and what it means going forward

British prime minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election spectacularly failed on Thursday night, when she lost her majority in parliament and was forced to turn to a deal with a smaller party to stay in power.

May’s attempt to forge a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party does not put Brexit in doubt, although negotiations – due to start within days – may now be even more complex and less predictable.

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