British Prime Minister Theresa May reached an "outline agreement" today with the ultra conservative Democratic Unionist Party in order to be able to govern after a humiliating election that has left her authority in tatters.
With 649 of 650 seats declared, the Conservatives had won 318 seats and Labour 261 followed by pro-independence Scottish National Party on 34. Yet the spectacle of non-majority party leaders seeking to meet the Queen the morning after in a bid to somehow cobble together a standing coalition government elicited sarcasm.
European Union officials and leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel, had grown impatient with the U.K.as it prepared to begin formal talks to exit from the trading bloc almost a year after the country's citizens voted to abandon its membership.
A further problem can be found in the way this election has reshaped the political map of England, with constituencies in the north that backed Brexit previous year leaning to the Conservatives, while those in the south that backed Remain saw a swing to Labour and the loss of Tory seats. On election night, Corbyn led one of the largest swings to Labour since World War II.
John Curtice, who oversees the exit poll for a consortium of broadcasters, said Friday that the Conservatives' final tally might be a bit higher than 314, but it was extremely unlikely they would get a majority.
The results of the snap election in Britain have shown beyond doubt that Prime Minister Theresa May made a monumental miscalculation in calling for parliamentary election to secure a stable mandate.
May said Friday she will attempt to form a minority government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, or DUP. According to the Lord Ashcroft Polls, Brexit was the most important issue for 48% of Conservative voters, but only 8% of Labour voters.
It was an extraordinary failure for May, who was enjoying opinion poll leads of 20 points and more when she called the snap election just seven weeks ago.
"She said, 'Give me a mandate.' And the answer was, 'No.' And that means we have to rethink everything, the entirety of the way we're doing Brexit", Dunt said.
In the immediate aftermath of the result, a narrative is developing that the hung parliament may result in a softer Brexit.
Sterling plunged against the dollar and the euro as even more uncertainty fed into the complex Brexit process, and European leaders bluntly reminded May that the clock was ticking.
In the east, Shelter Scotland staffer Danielle Rowley, 27, who is also daughter of Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley, became the party's youngest Scottish MP, winning Midlothian with an 885 majority and 6.2 per cent vote increase. Can she survive as prime minister?
Charles de Marcilly from the Robert Schuman foundation in Brussels pointed out it was premature to make judgments of the possible impact of the United Kingdom general election results on the Brexit negotiations. Mostly, the European Union mood was one of frustration that the already tough Brexit talks were likely to become only more hard.
"If the governing party, which is a strong supporter of Israel, loses so much ground, then of course it has to be something of a loss for Israel and the Jewish community."