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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the Labour Party general election campaign launch at Event City on May 9, 2017 in Manchester, England.
All parties have stressed that they are not keen on forming a coalition. However, assuming the exit poll is accurate, multiple parties joining together to form a parliamentary majority would be the most formal and stable way for the U.K. to be governed.
In the run up to the vote, the left-wing Labour Party and Scottish National Party (SNP) – which seeks to fully devolve Scotland from the U.K. – were rumored to be considering a “progressive alliance”. Despite both parties formally ruling out a coalition deal before the election, SNP’s leader Nicola Sturgeon confessed she would be willing to support a minority Labour government in the event of a political deadlock.
The Conservatives had previously described the prospect of a Labour-SNP alliance as a “coalition of chaos”.