Theresa May set to form the government

However, no party received the absolute majority of seats in parliament and the election has resulted in a hung parliament.

Votes have been counted in 649 of the 650 total constituencies, and Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party won 318 seats.

May met stiff competition from her rival Jeremy Corbyn of the opposition Labour Party, who garnered 261 seats in the election, a gain of 29. But, instead, support for her party declined dramatically, leaving her government far more precarious than before.

"What I think is important in the Brexit negotiations, which will start in 10 days time, is that we have the certainty of a Government that can take forward a plan into those negotiations".

"I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister.

Meanwhile, May's Conservative Party actually lost seats.

None of the other parties that stood for election managed to surpass the majority threshold resulting in a British hung parliament. Speaking after being re-elected to his London seat, Corbyn said May should "go. and make way for a government that is truly representative of all the people of this country". The polling was higher in the Thursday election than in the general election of 2015, and Labour's startling run was fuelled by young voters. Following David Cameron's Brexit debacle on June 23, 2016, this marks the second time in less than a year that an over-confident, Conservative Party leader has been wrongly convinced of the British electorate's readiness to support his or her political mandate.

It would represent a remarkable turnaround in Labour and Jeremy Corbyn's fortunes and a spectacular decline in the popularity of Theresa May's Conservatives since the Prime Minister's decision to call the snap election.

UK's main broadcasters were reporting sources had told them May would not be quitting in the wake of the shock result.

May's campaign catchphrase of a "strong and stable government" has backfired.

A hard Brexit is one on which Britain leaves the EU's single market and customs union, a matter of deep concern for many businesses.

Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Brexit talks could wait until the new government was ready.

The last time the United Kingdom had a minority government was in 1996 when by-election defeats and defections erased the Conservative Party's majority.

It's hard to draw an exact comparison for the American political class, but one lesson seems to be especially germane: When the voters are hungry for change, the candidate with the strongest message can shift their direction quickly.

"That's what people voted for last June; that's what we deliver".

  • Leroy Wright