LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May ignored calls Friday to resign after a stunning election blow that left her Conservative Party weakened and the county in a political tailspin before critical talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union.
For May, the results from Thursday voting were precisely the reverse of what she hoped. May called the snap election seeking to strengthen her hand in the E.U. negotiations and further sideline her political critics.
Instead, the Conservatives lost its majority in Parliament and the opposition Labour Party gained new focus as a voice questioning Britain’s direction since the last ballot box shock: last year’s referendum to pull out of the European Union.
The political wreckage also included the resignation of the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, Paul Nuttall, whose party led the charge for Brexit but now lost its sole seat parliament in further sign of shifting British views and …