|UK General Elections 2017
The UK 'snap' general election called by Theresa May on April 18th, to choose all 650 members of Parliament, has produced a result predicted by few.
The ruling Conservative Party lost seats by a slim majority; attaining only 318 seats from the 326 needed with the opposition Labour Party winning back many seats. The Tories held 330 seats before the elections. This scenario is what Brits call a "hung parliament" - signifying that no party has a clear majority to itself.
What Happens Next
The largest party asks permission from the Queen to form a government - a tradition in the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom. An election could take place in a matter of weeks, but only if the negotiations break down and no-one can form any kind of government. If this does not materialise, then the opposition Labour might try to put together a minority government. Alternatively and always a possibility - another election could be held.
Following her visit to the Queen in Buckingham Palace, Theresa May has said she will form a Conservative government backed by the Democratic Unionist Party." I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen, and I will now form a government – a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country," she said in a statement outside Downing Street.
"The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do, so that we fulfil the promise of Brexit together and – over the next 5 years – build a country in which no one and no community is left behind. A country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared right across this United Kingdom."
UK and Malaysia
On the morning of the election result announcements, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Vicki Treadell held an Open House reception at her residence to facilitate a dialogue with invited guests as the election outcome unfolded on live screens.
In a statement to the press, H.E. Vicki Treadell affirmed that the relationship between the UK and Malaysia will remain unchanged regardless of the final outcome of the UK elections, citing that trade, investment and education ties between our two nations are still very strong. "We have been friends, allies and partners for a very long time. The Malaysian and British peoples, regardless of governments, have always connected and done things together. That's how i see it continue," she said.
The BMCC, represented by Executive Director Aurelia Silva was among those present at the reception as the Chamber continues with fervent and vested interest on the elections' next stages of development. The BMCC will be organising a Premier Luncheon to address the UK elections, its future prospects, the socio-economic outlook of the United Kingdom, and how it affects Malaysia. More information to ensue in the coming weeks.