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May's Conservatives will now likely seek to form a majority with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which succeeded in winning 10 seats in the election and now holds the balance of power in the UK's 650-seat parliament.
As things stand, the Conservative Party will return to Westminster not just with lesser MPs than expected but with a loss in majority.
Theresa May, U.K. prime minister and leader of the Conservative.
"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV.
With Brexit talks due to start in just 10 days, Brussels appeared to be braced for them to be pushed back.
The DUP didn't immediately comment, but it has previously said it was open to some kind of alliance. She can only realistically govern now with the support of a party from Northern Ireland, which has a rather different approach to Brexit than her.
Her gamble to call the snap election was mocked by many users, including former England soccer player Gary Lineker (@garyLineker) who posted: "I think Theresa May has won own goal of the season". The king then had to ask Labour to form a minority government.
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"It is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that", she said. She was enjoying enormous popularity at the time and the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn looked weak.
The Czech prime minister said Friday that Britain should not be granted any extension on the two-year deadline for the Brexit talks.
"We will work with others, if it is at all possible, to keep the Tories out of government".
Speaking on German radio, EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger suggested that Brexit talks may have to be delayed after the hung Parliament result. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the (Brexit) negotiations will turn out badly for both sides".
With the complex talks on the divorce from the European Union due to start in 10 days, it was unclear what their direction would now be and if the so-called "Hard Brexit" taking Britain out of a single market could still be pursued.
Steven Blockmans of the Center for European Policy Studies said that because of the current chaos, "it is questionable whether that period of time will be sufficient in order to strike a good deal".
Northern Ireland's people voted in favor of remaining inside the European Union in the June 23 referendum past year, going against the national trend in favor of Brexit.
May's predecessor David Cameron sought to silence Euroskeptic fellow Conservatives by calling the referendum on European Union membership. New elections will be called. At that point, polls predicted she would massively increase the slim majority she had inherited from Cameron.
Corbyn's Labor Party lobbied against Brexit but has indicated it will honor the results of the United Kingdom referendum to leave the EU.
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