LONDON, June 9 Prime Minister Theresa May's
Conservatives could win 338 seats, enough for an outright
majority in Britain's parliament, London-based analysts at
Nomura estimated on Friday, based on results from the exit poll
and the first 15 seats to declare.
An exit poll commissioned by major broadcasters pointed to
May's Conservatives falling short of an outright majority in the
snap election she called in April.
Late on Thursday in an earlier estimate, Nomura said its
model pointed to the Conservatives winning 331 seats.
Nomura cautioned against viewing its model as giving a clear
steer that May would win an outright majority, noting that an
alternative version of its model put the Conservatives on just
317 seats, short of the 326 needed for a majority.
"It's still not plain sailing for Theresa May and it's not
yet out of minority government territory," Nomura currency
strategist Jordan Rochester wrote in a note to clients.
(Reporting by David Milliken; editing by William James)