Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

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The weaker mandate couldn't come at a worst time for May, as she prepares to negotiate the "best possible deal" for the UK's departure from the European Union.

"We don't know when Brexit talks start", Tusk tweeted.

The DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the Northern Irish party are going to be "serious players" in the hung parliament going forward.

"One piece of good news is the whole election has put pay to a hard Brexit", Osborne told CNN.

Downing Street said the Northern Ireland party has given an "outline agreement" approval in principle in a lifeline for the Tories.

A DUP source said: "We want there to be a government".

And it will oppose any move with the Republic to impose checks at the border.

The chaotic situation won't have long to settle: Formal Brexit negotiations with European Union leaders kick off on June 19. "We are the largest party, we can govern".

Kenny is due to hand over power this week to his successor as leader of the ruling Fine Gael party, Leo Varadkar.

Faucher recalled that seven weeks prior to the election May was 20 percent ahead of the Labour party, and lost nearly 18 percentage points to find herself nose-to-nose with her major rival.

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"Fact, is this morning she looks bloody weak".

Analysts say May's electoral debacle could reopen what had seemed largely a closed debate - both with pro-EU members of Parliament trying to take advantage of the prime minister's weakness and Euro-skeptic government ministers threatening her if she dares water down a Brexit deal.

But a dismal campaign has left the Prime Minister fending off a mutiny in her own party.

In March, Scottish lawmakers voted 69-59 in favor of an independence referendum, giving Sturgeon the green light to ask the UK Parliament for a referendum. But not for some time, let's get this clear. "We cannot stress strongly enough the need for rapid and decisive policy direction to ensure that business can continue to invest for the long term growth and ensure the global competitiveness of the British economy". To do that, May is cobbling together an alliance between her Conservative party and a party in Northern Ireland known for a number of hardline views-including climate change denial.

May is unable to get the 326 seats her Conservative party needs for an outright majority. And at the end of the day, young people who most people assumed wouldn't turn out to vote, as they don't usually in this country, turned out en masse.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the which same-sex marriage is illegal. "This result means that May's vision of a hard Brexit lacks legitimacy and Corbyn is confirmed as a serious player", says Kevin Porter, a London-based Labour Party member.

Once again, voters succeeding in confounding expectations, delivering surprise victories and resounding losses. He ended it with 29 extra seats and the UK's political system disrupted.

The result represents "an quake in Labour politics", political analyst Robin Oakley told CNN.

With Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Brexit Secretary David Davis, and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon all retaining their posts, there was speculation any reshuffle could be limited to replacing the eight ministers who lost their seats in the election.

The Conservatives have argued in the event of a hung Parliament, Mrs May gets the opportunity to form a government first, as her predecessor David Cameron did in 2010 when there was also no clear victor but the party had comfortably more seats than their nearest rival.