What's a hung Parliament? Implications of the United Kingdom election

Labour won 262 seats in the General Election, up from the 232 secured by Ed Miliband in 2015, but the Conservatives remain the largest party in Parliament. The party lost ground to its chief rival Labour, which jumped from 229 seats to 261 seats.

The shock defeat for Conservatives - despite the pre- poll projections of a comfortable majority - was seen by the British media as a "humiliation" for May to continue in her position.

May had hoped the election would focus on Brexit, but that never happened, as both the Conservatives and Labour said they would respect voters' wishes and go through with the divorce. The election has resulted in a hung Parliament, which means no party holds a clear majority.

JOHN SPRINGFORD: There's only about 18 months left to negotiate the Brexit deal, and if, say, we have another three or four months while the government is formed or we have fresh elections, then there's much less time.

Thursday's General Election saw the Conservatives win only 318 seats, eight shy of winning an overall majority. But the prime minister can schedule a "snap election" early, as May did seven weeks ago.

They said she could, however, hang on until Brexit negotiations are ended in 2019.

To govern, she will need the support of the socially conservative, pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which won 10 seats in Northern Ireland.

"I don't have any anger because I don't think there's any point in being angry at anybody", he told Sky News.

Just after noon, May was driven the short distance from her official Downing Street residence to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.

Thursday's result has also seen the decline of UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party, which had Britain leaving the European Union as its core platform.

"The irony of this is that Theresa May is calling this a certainty government and talking about how it's delivering certainty", said Brian Klaas, a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics. The Telegraph said senior Conservatives including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Interior Minister Amber Rudd and Brexit minister David Davis were taking soundings over whether to replace her.

May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day as the formal reopening of parliament.

MALCOLM BRABANT: At Westminster, a demonstrator wearing a May mask laid flowers on a mock grave, amid rising calls for the prime minister to resign. "Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

The position of Her Majesty's Government is indeed crucial going forward. She's taking us back to those times.

But some more junior roles need to be filled after several ministers lost their seats.

It's unclear what Theresa May's next move will be, but pundits are suggesting she will likely strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, who now hold 10 seats.

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