British PM Seeks Minority Government Following Election Losses

Anti-Brexit forces, too, had a successful night.

So we now have a coalition between the Conservatives and a party many people in the country have never even heard of. That's what we will deliver.

Below are details on what she would need to win and what would happen if she failed to get a majority, with one eye on Brexit.

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.

The results - a sort of turnaround in fortunes for both major parties - have thrown that timetable into doubt.

May's party won 318 seats, eight short of the 326 they needed for an outright majority.

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed she will enter talks with May in an effort to pursue "stability" in Parliament, without giving further details on the conditions for the party's support. Instead of accepting defeat, however, May claims that she will continue to push for Brexit negotiations.

Her party colleagues are furious at the losses chalked up, blaming Mrs May for calling an unnecessary election three years ahead of time, for running a disastrous campaign centred on her and her "strong and stable leadership", and for an unpopular manifesto that was designed by her inner circle.

Mr Hammond, 61, was named Chancellor of The exchequer by Mrs May shortly after she took over as prime minister almost a year ago, in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

The result threw the United Kingdom in a political turmoil amid increasing terror-related incidents.

Six Conservative ministers lost their seats, including Rob Wilson who said the Tory campaign was "terrible".

Northern Ireland voted in favour of remaining inside the European Union in the June 23 referendum a year ago, going against the national trend in favour of Brexit.

May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day the British parliament is due to reconvene. He later said it was it was "pretty clear who has won this election".

Reacting to the result, European Council president Donald Tusk said there was now "no time to lose" over Brexit, while the European Parliament's chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said it was an "own goal" and made negotiations more "complicated". The Conservative Party is notoriously ruthless in getting rid of weak leaders, and the bookie's current favourite will be familiar to the whole country.

May faced pressure to step down following the shock election result from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. "Whoever it is, they are going to have to make deals with other political parties, and nearly every other political party that has an MP in the new parliament wants a softer version of Brexit", says French. I am very proud of the results that are coming in and the vote for hope.

Theresa May has said she is "sorry" for the election result which cost some Tory MPs their seats.

His calls for increased spending on the National Health Service, schools and police, as well as the nationalization of railroads and utilities, have proven popular - but it would take a huge swing in voter support for Labour to unseat the Conservative government. Corbyn's Labour Party now has 261 seats.

When May, back in April, at a time when polls showed her trouncing Labour by a 20-25% margin, called a snap election for June 8 (after earlier promising that she would not do such a thing), the Labour establishment figured it would turn out a disaster and finish off Corbyn as party leader. But we do have some clues about which parties might work with each other.