By Jake Tapper, CNN
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to form a government in Britain without Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party hang in the balance after Scotland’s First Minister and Greens’ leader said he wouldn’t agree to helping to back May’s minority government.
“(May) is saying a lot of things, but no one knows what she’s going to do. It may be tonight that she will be able to form a majority government, but it’s highly unlikely,” said Nicola Sturgeon at a press conference.
An agreement with the Scottish National Party (SNP) would need the backing of at least 12 members of the House of Commons — for example, it might need the support of a further seven Green Party MPs.
In a statement, the Conservative Party said that the prime minister was “confident of securing the numbers necessary to form a government.”
The continued instability comes just two days after Theresa May, her party’s new leader after last week’s snap election, suffered her worst loss of seats in 30 years — losing her majority in Parliament.
If it falls apart, that would thrust Britain into a period of unprecedented political instability with her government needing a new Queen’s Speech and a new budget.
A member of the Conservative Party, who is talking to a potential Queen’s Speech partner, told CNN Thursday that a deal could be struck overnight after parliament returns.
“What they’re talking about is every party getting together at a given time in the next week or so.”
The most likely outcome of all is a second election — a result that many critics see as a resounding sign that Britons want the current government to quit the European Union.
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As votes were being counted on Thursday night, May indicated in her resignation speech that she would go to the country for a second time.
May served as Britain’s home secretary from 2010 to 2016 before becoming prime minister last year after David Cameron resigned over the vote to leave the European Union.
The British government will have to reach a new deal with the EU, meaning May would run a new general election campaign.