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May not sobbing over election fiasco: Brexit minister

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis has said Prime Minister Theresa May is not sobbing over last week’s election fiasco.

“She is fine, she is getting on the with the job,” Davis said on Monday when asked how May was when he met her after the vote on Friday.

When asked if she was crying, Davis said, “Not when I saw her. She is a formidably good prime minister.”

Brexit Secretary David Davis

May had called for a snap election in April in hopes of getting an increased majority that could have strengthened her position before going into two years of intense negotiations with the European Union about Britain’s departure from the bloc.

Snap election is an election in a parliamentary system called when not required usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity.

However, May’s election gamble spectacularly backfired. British voters dealt her a devastating blow on Thursday, wiping out her parliamentary majority and throwing the country into political turmoil.

Conservatives won 318 seats in the 650-member House of Commons followed by the main opposition Labour Party which clinched 262 seats. May’s party is short of the 326 it needed for an outright majority and fairly down from the 330 seats it had before the election.

Protesters with anti-Conservative Party and anti-Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) placards march along Whitehall in central London on June 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Speaking at ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” show, Davis said the government’s Brexit strategy will not change after the unexpected vote result, and expressed his support for May.

He described himself as a “one hundred percent unswerving supporter” of May, who is under intense pressure to step down following the failed election gamble.

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