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The general election result might delay the implementation of the decision a year ago calling for Britain to leave the European Union, but it could also affect the odds of another vote that was expected to still be ahead: a new referendum on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said her Conservative Party, which lost its majority, will work with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to run the country.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said: “An overwhelmingly strong position at the time of the local elections on May 4 was turned into serious losses by June 8″.

“We know when she took over. one of the things she spoke most passionately about was keeping the union together”.

Each seat lost by the SNP in 2017 will be interpreted by the Conservatives as a vote against a second independence referendum.

Sturgeon said that while the SNP finished first in Scotland, “it is an inescapable fact that we also suffered some bitterly disappointing losses”.

“The first part of that is to persuade Theresa May that clinging to Downing Street is not a sensible idea”.

Elsewhere, high-profile SNP MPs like Paisley’s Mhairi Black, who in 2015 at the age of 20 was elected as the country’s youngest MP, kept her seat despite early jitters that she might lose it.

The Conservatives accused the SNP of burying its head “in the sand” after a minister refused to categorically rule out a second independence referendum.

The Scottish Conservatives have increased their number of MPs from just one to 13, and they say that the party received 738,000 votes which is about 28.6 per cent of the vote or a 13.7 per cent increase from the 2015 General Election.

But given the scale of the SNP’s recent triumphs, Thursday’s vote was a sizable setback for a party unused to such hindrances.

The Scottish Daily Express leads with a similar story, claiming Ms Sturgeon signalled she could “shelve” plans for a second independence referendum following the outcome of Thursday’s poll.

“Many independence supporters who had previously supported the SNo switched their allegiance to Corbyn’s Labour Party costing us votes and seats”, he said.

“Theresa May has tried to make all the decisions on this and look at the mess she’s made of it”, he added. Last year, the SNP set up a growth commission headed by former SNP MSP and economist Andrew Wilson, charged with producing a new economic strategy for independence that would resolve the vexed issues of currency and oil revenue volatility.

But Mr Russell reiterated First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s stance that the SNP would reflect on plans for a second vote.

He said: “I just did not want Indy Ref 2 at all and also I was really impressed with Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader”. In March, Sturgeon won a vote in the Scottish parliament to have the powers to hold another vote on leaving the United Kingdom when the terms of the UK’s Brexit deal are known.

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