Final results of the United Kingdom general election indicate that the Conservative Party of British Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to secure majority in Parliament, a failure that fuels political uncertainty just days before the start of Brexit talks.
She's just delivered a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street saying that, after speaking with the Queen, she is forming a new government with the help of right-wing Irish Democratic Unionist Party.
Only Tory fear that an abrupt departure by May could open the door to Labour to try to form a minority government is staying the hand of her possible executioners.
It was another humiliation for May, and a sign that the socially conservative DUP, with its strong focus on Northern Ireland's specific political complexities, will not necessarily be a compliant partner for her minority government. Well, the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.
Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader in Scotland, said she had asked May for assurances that there would be no attack on gay rights after a deal with the DUP.
"We want to end austerity and invest in this country and that's what we're going to do".
A senior Cabinet minister distanced himself from the Democratic Unionists' social views, but insisted that the Conservatives still had "more in common" with its potential allies than with other parties.
After all 650 seats were declared, the Conservative Party had lost 12 seats, bringing it to a total of 318, while Labour gained 32 to reach 262.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has urged May to resign as he said she should "go and make way for a government that is truly representative of this country".
Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister".
The Labour leader said his party would "absolutely" ensure Brexit occurs if they secured power, with a focus on negotiating tariff-free access as part of a "jobs-first Brexit".
"I do hope that the result of the elections will have no major impact on the negotiations we are desperately waiting for", he said. Similarly divided are the expectations of the exit from European Union as many members seem unclear what they want from the Brexit.
Mr Corbyn's party is now six points ahead following a disastrous election for the Prime Minister.
After receiving the Queen's permission to form the new government, May made a short, grim-faced statement outside the prime minister's residence in London.
"As I said many times during the campaign, I had wanted to achieve a larger majority, but that was not the result we secured", May, who had previously pledged not to hold an early election, said on Friday.
The DUP were seen for many years as the radical element of the unionist movement during the conflict in Northern Ireland and throughout the peace process, overtaking the Ulster Unionist Party as the biggest group in the years following the Good Friday Agreement.