Tory alliance with DUP puts Good Friday deal 'at risk'

There had been speculation that Mr Hammond in particular would be vulnerable if the Prime Minister had been returned - as she had hoped - with an increased majority.

But Friday, supporters of the country's leading Conservative Party were coming to terms with a parliamentary minority.

And rebellious backbencher Heidi Allen, who has previously criticised her party's stance on issues including cuts to tax credits, has also spoken out over the talks, saying she was "deeply unhappy" over the prospect of a formal deal with the DUP.

The tone of Brexit talks, tentatively scheduled to begin in just 10 days - and even May's own position - are now up in the air.

The UK held a General Election on Thursday.

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister.

Peter Robinson, for example, who was DUP leader and Northern Ireland's first minister until a year ago, was an active member of Ulster Resistance.

This is likely to pose an obstacle to the types of strict border controls advocated by sections of the Conservative party.

He said Britain's neutrality in the province since 1990 had been the "basis for the peace negotiations".

He told German radio that the timetable for completing the talks was "ambitious" and Britain had already lost a lot of time by delaying its Article 50 letter and then calling an election.

Upheaval for ruling Conservative Party?

But May could insist on staying on as leader: after all, she has shown herself to be utterly inflexible during her campaign.

Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday there could be another election this year or early in 2018 after the vote on Thursday produced no clear victor. Johnson - a former Tory leadership contender - denied he was planning a leadership challenge.

The new editor of the Evening Standard newspaper and close ally of Cameron added: "Cameron took years getting back to office, winning in seats like Bath and Brighton and Oxford and I am angry when we go backwards and I am not afraid to say that". So this election has actually left not only her but the United Kingdom as a whole looking like it's in a much weaker position.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged her to resign and allow him to form a minority administration, declaring: "We are ready to serve this country".

As usual in British politics, legendary wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill was evoked: "The loyalties which center upon [the leader] are enormous..." he wrote, but "if he is no good, he must be poleaxed".

The Conservatives will remain the largest party with the most number of seats, meaning they will have the first chance to form a government.

How would you explain the election result? Despite being climate change deniers, they used their role in government in Northern Ireland to set up a subsidy scheme for biofuels, which gave those who bought into it more money than they had to pay out.

"A working government is needed as soon as possible to avoid a further drop in the pound", said ING currency strategist Viraj Patel in London.

The DUP wants no extension to Northern Ireland's limitations on terminations, which restrict the procedure to when a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.

May's party fell short of an overall majority following Thursday's vote, and plans to work with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.

The DUP's influence might have been at least in part checked by the pro-independence Sinn Fein party, which gained three seats for a total of seven.

A so-called hung parliament, where no one party is able to command a majority, can often require a second election in order to form a workable government, as was the case in Britain in the early 1970s.

But if they take this route it would take an iron discipline within the Conservative party to put together and pass a legislative programme for the next five years.

Once again, voters succeeding in confounding expectations, delivering surprise victories and resounding losses.