What Is The DUP? The Democratic Unionist Party Explained

Should the Conservatives form the next government with her at the helm, talks may start as scheduled in a week, but the passage of Brexit-related legislation is likely to be challenging as the government will need to win the support of Opposition parties. It now holds 318 seats.

"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", she said.

A country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared right across this United Kingdom.

First, a government may not be in place by 19 June, when detailed negotiations with Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier are due to begin.

And maybe - I was speaking to one minister today who said effectively, Brexit is a dead duck.

"I'm afraid we ran a pretty awful campaign", Soubry said.

May has been pressing for a so-called "hard" Brexit, which would include leaving the EU's massive collective market and no longer allowing European Union citizens to live and work freely in the United Kingdom.

"A hung parliament is the worst outcome from a markets perspective as it creates another layer of uncertainty ahead of the Brexit negotiations and chips away at what is already a short timeline to secure a deal for Britain", said Craig Erlam, an analyst with brokerage Oanda in London.

She looked sombre on a day she was forced into a deal with Northern Ireland MPs to save her from an ignominious departure from Downing Street. He's a professor of political science at Cardiff University in Wales.

As a result, the popularity of both the leader and party that she represented started evaporating, with the collapsing of the poll ratings proportion to the unpopularity of the policies.

That would make the course of Brexit even harder to predict.

EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said it may now be possible to discuss closer ties between Britain and the EU than May had initially planned, given her election flop.

The initial tally shows voters abandoning the Conservative Party, of which the current prime minister, Theresa May, is a member.

According to the BBC, "Theresa May - or whoever succeeds her - would be a far more plausible partner for the DUP, which is pro-Brexit and right of centre on many issues".

In Brussels, home of the European Union, there was a mix of puzzlement, confusion and frustration over the chaos of British politics.

There are many things on Foster's wish-list which will be of interest in the upcoming talks that largely centre around Brexit. But "we know when they must end".

Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a matter of months, depending on the Brexit negotiations.

There had been speculation that Mr Hammond in particular would be vulnerable if the Prime Minister had been returned - as she had hoped - with an increased majority.

Theresa May's party lost the majority they had and are now reaching out to a socially conservative party called the Democratic Unionists to try to form a government.

Foster will be looking for some sort of "special status" for Northern Ireland and guarantees on preventing a hard border with the Republic of Ireland and any new customs operations.

Meanwhile, Conservative Nigel Evans confirmed several other Conservative MPs were also calling for the Prime Minister's resignation.

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