Theresa May's top advisers quit after United Kingdom election shock

"As we're the party that won the most seats and most votes we are the only party in a position to form a government".

May confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that Britain was ready to begin Brexit negotiations "as planned in the next couple of weeks", reassuring European Union leaders who had expressed doubts after her heavy electoral losses.

"We will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom..."

The 10 DUP MPs would provide vital support to Mrs May after her majority was wiped out as the snap election gamble backfired, leaving her with 318 seats.

The former minister of finance George Osborne, who stepped aside after the election informed reporters that the results were disastrous for his party.

May said that her government would lead the country through upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union, and that she will work to keep the country safe following the recent attacks in London and Manchester.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a new chief of staff following the resignation of her two top aides.

In areas like climate change, abortion and same-sex marriage, the views of the DUP are a world apart from those expressed by many Conservative MPs, particularly those elected under David Cameron's leadership. The main opposition Labour Party took 262.

"Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe".

"I think the Conservative party as a whole is reluctant to get rid of Theresa May now because it would mean a leadership election, it would mean stalling on Brexit talks", Menon said.

It said the campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who chose to vote for Labour".

It will be hard for the UK Government to be seen as a neutral arbiter in Northern Ireland when the DUP is propping up the Conservatives in office.

The DUP has shown signs of supporting Britain's place in the customs union, which allows industrial goods to move freely without customs duties or other restrictions, and a deal with the Northern Irish party would imply "a much more positive tone towards a soft Brexit", he said.

"We have a programme, we have support and we're ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country on the agenda we put forward, which is transformative and has gained wonderful levels of support".

Yesterday she gave a speech outside Downing Street where she made clear she wants support from her "friends and allies" in the DUP to secure her minority administration ahead of the Queen's Speech on June 19.

Davidson may also choose to exercise her new influence in Westminster more widely.

SIMON: This election, of course, was called to try to cement the Conservative Party majority and the mandate for what we call Brexit.

Even if a deal is struck, May could struggle to get backing from parliament for her Brexit stance.

Katie Perrior, who was until recently the prime minister's director of communications, also implied that May was out of her depth after being elevated from home secretary to prime minister last July.

In a DUP statement released at midnight, the party said: "The DUP held discussions with representatives of the Conservative Party in line with Arlene Foster's commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge". I think, frankly, she should have resigned and maybe wanted to resign.

  • Rogelio Becker