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       Theresa May will still be British prime minister but for how long

The increase mostly benefited Labour, which won the majority of seats where turn out was up by more than five per cent.

"It is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that", she said.

May's party won 318 seats, 12 fewer than it had before the snap election, and eight short of the 326 needed for an outright majority.

At the time, she was considered a strong favorite against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had called the snap poll expecting a resounding mandate for Brexit negotiations, however, the results were a total disappointment for the Conservatives.

Theresa May returned to Downing Street and will govern with support from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party after a disastrous election night for the PM saw her party lose its Commons majority.

Instead they will have to get the support of another party, so that together they have enough seats to make a government.

The European Union's budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Friday he was unsure if Britain's negotiations about leaving the EU - known as "Brexit" - could begin on time after the Thursday election failed to elect a clear victor, according to a report by Reuters.

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Jack Straw, a former Labour foreign minister, said the result means there will now be a lot of pressure in parliament for a soft Brexit.

"The last thing business leaders need is a parliament in paralysis, and the consequences for British businesses and for the United Kingdom as an investment destination would be severe", said Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors business lobby.

"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News.

British politicians differ widely on what they want from the Brexit negotiating process, seeing it as a way to shift Britain either to the right or left.

One of many key questions for the coming days will be what approach is taken to the Brexit negotiations, even if May stays as prime minister.

'We need a government that can act, ' EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

Splash News/NewscomTheresa May's Conservative Party ended up losing 13 seats in Britain's elections yesterday. The Liberal Democrats, who ran on a full-throated, pro-European platform, increased their representation in Parliament by clinching new seats in the Scottish Highlands.

Concerns over the potential impact on the upcoming Brexit negotiations and May's future as Prime Minister are now being raised, with one minister telling BBC's Laura Kuenssberg it was "hard to see how she could stay after these results". Negotiations with European officials had been set to begin on June 19. It is possible that the strong performance of the Labour Party was driven by a higher-than-expected turnout from young voters looking, in part, to express their displeasure at the result of the referendum. He said voters had rejected her Brexit plan.

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