Theresa May heads to Buckingham Palace to seek minority government

Mrs May said her "friends and allies" in the DUP would help take forward Brexit.

In her first pubic comments before her visit to Buckingham Palace Mrs May - speaking at her own election count - called for a "period of stability" with the Conservatives reported to be at her own election count - and talks with the Democratic Unionists Party, for which won ten seats in Northern Ireland, which could see DUP support the Tories.

However, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest party the EEP underscored that "Article 50 is ticking" and Theresa May "should have used time for negotiations, not for elections".

But it later disclosed that no deal had been finalised and talks on the arrangement will continue during the week as Mrs May desperately tries to shore up her position after losing her Commons majority in the election.

The DUP's Republican rivals in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein, increased its number of seats from four to seven. Only the Conservative and Unionist party can provide this.

But in one of the most sensational nights in British electoral history, a resurgent Labour Party denied her an outright win, throwing the country into political turmoil.

Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble in calling a snap election to strengthen her grip on power has ended in failure.

Senior Conservatives said there was no longer support in Parliament for a so-called "hard Brexit" after the party saw its Commons majority wiped out.

May's Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, once written off by his opponents as a no-hoper, said May should step down and he wanted to form a minority government.

"Our shared responsibility and urgent task now is to conduct the the best possible spirit, securing the least disruptive outcome", said Tusk, who warned last month that emotions stirred up on either side of the English Channel during the British election campaign were jeopardising agreement.

The Scottish National Party were the other big losers on the night, suffering a humbling loss of 21 seats - unthinkable after their previously unassailable position north of the border.

She added: "Our United Kingdom - and indeed our very way of life - are under threat from extremists".

Corbyn also said the Great Repeal bill, which was meant to strike European Union laws from the British statute book and transfer them, is now "history" and that there would be plans for "something different" in a few weeks time.

Among Tory MPs there was anger at the way a 20-point lead in the opinion polls when she called the election in had been squandered in the course of a campaign which was widely condemned as flat-footed and uninspiring.

The Downing St. resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government and replace ministers who lost their seats on Thursday. SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson and former party leader and SNP heavyweight Alex Salmond were among those booted out, as was former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who lost his seat for the Liberal Democrats.

  • Joey Payne