"I think if we'd had a large Conservative majority like all the polling was pointing to, then Theresa May could've pushed through her version of Brexit which is outside the single market, outside the customs union with tight control over migration, and not giving much money into the EU pot in terms of paying for access", explains French. 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.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would form a government backed by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election days before launching talks on Britain's European Union departure.
The development is an embarrassing turn for the British Prime Minister, who called the vote three years earlier than required, in a bid to give her a strong position in Brexit negotiations.
May has said that she will begin to form her government, with the support of the DUP (Democratic Unionists Party).
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn lost Britain's election, but his beaming smile and enthusiastic thumbs' up the morning after was the demeanor of a man who knew he was nevertheless the victor.
"Theresa May is certainly the strongest leader that we have at the moment", David Jones, a junior Brexit minister, told the BBC.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insists "I can still be prime minister" as he vows to fight Theresa May's attempt to run a minority government "all the way". The Scottish National Party, which lost 21 of its 56 Westminster seats, also saw its vote share in Scotland plummet dramatically-from 50 to 36.9 percent.
But Mr Corbyn believes there is enough opposition in the rest of the House - and on Mrs May's own backbenches - to defeat the Government.
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May's majority in parliament until the snap election was only held by 17 seats, but now she is at a considerable disadvantage.
The Tories, as they are commonly known in the United Kingdom, will now have to govern as a minority party, or try to form a coalition government, or force another general election.
May took a gamble in April by calling for the snap election.
The party with the most female lawmakers is the opposition Labour party with almost half of its elected members of parliament (MPs) women, while the smaller Green Party's only elected MP is a woman.
After the election, the right-wing UK Independence Party, which helped drive Brexit, was left with no seats in Parliament.
"I will now form a government", May said in front of No. 10 Downing St. moments after speaking with Queen Elizabeth II, "a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".
Ms May said she called the crucial general election in order to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations but her party lost seats and failed to reach a majority.
While Britain's voters sent a clear signal of dissatisfaction to the ruling Conservatives, they were not prepared to put the opposition Labour Party into power. It is due to present its platform for the next session in the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on June 19.