Britain's snap election backfires on Prime Minister Theresa May

With a hung parliament, the so-called "hard Brexit" that May had been pushing for seems less and less likely to pass.

"It was a self-inflicted error, a self-inflicted wound and it was something that was likely born out of a bit of taking the British public for granted", Brian Klaas of the London School of Economics (LSE) told AFP.

Opinion polls gave her sky-high personal ratings and her party a runaway lead over the opposition Labour Party.

With talks between the Tories and the DUP expected to begin within days, Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey expressed concern about the impact of any deal on the peace process.

"The arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost, and we need to change", he said.

Upheaval for ruling Conservative Party? And failure to amass the required seats may throw her away from power.

If confirmed the result will be a disaster for May, who called a snap election in the hope of increasing her majority and strengthening Britain's hand in exit talks with the European Union.

Mr Crowther said: "Though she is personally damaged as our negotiator, the suggestion that Mrs May's dismal electoral performance relieves the Government of the need to achieve full Brexit is absolutely unacceptable". Johnson - a former Tory leadership contender - denied he was planning a leadership challenge.

Siegfried Muresan, the spokesperson for the European Parliament's largest party the EEP, tweeted some harsh words for May Friday.

"If she had got the majority she wanted, she would have been a supreme political colossus", he said.

The Conservatives and the DUP are set to agree a written "programme for government", as the party's two most senior Westminster leaders fly to London to hammer out a deal. She spoke about an agenda "for the next five years", as though her position in the role were guaranteed beyond the next five weeks. The Scottish National Party (SNP) were down by 22, losing seats to the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats, in a major setback for Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

However, being in the shadows helped her avoid the flack from Britain's vote to leave the European Union, despite backing Remain. Based on that, it looks like Scotland won't be going anywhere soon.

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Both the Conservatives and the DUP support Brexit with a Common Travel Area to cover the Border in Ireland.

With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats, short of the 326 needed for a parliamentary majority.

The DUP's influence might have been at least in part checked by the pro-independence Sinn Fein party, which gained three seats for a total of seven.

66 - Sitting MPs lost their jobs.

A show of strength in the House is not sufficient to ensure that the Conservative Party forms the next government.

They may even change the name of Britain's Olympics team - their party manifesto wants "Team GB" to be renamed "Team UK".

Once again, voters succeeding in confounding expectations, delivering surprise victories and resounding losses.

The results confounded those who said Labour's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic.

The result represents "an natural disaster in Labour politics", political analyst Robin Oakley told CNN. His campaign featured a promise to end university tuition fees, increase taxation of higher earners and increase investment in health services.

May announced later that Gavin Barwell - a former housing minister who lost his seat in Thursday's election - would be her new chief of staff.

In a minority government, all the ministerial positions are filled by the members of the party, rather than through a sharing arrangement with the party or parties that are providing support.

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