European Union leaders fear Brexit delay after United Kingdom upset

Now, if Theresa May really is going to sign up her party for a parliamentary arrangement of support for the Democratic Unionists, that appears to fundamentally undermine the entire basis of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Theresa May has announced she will be staying on as Prime Minister despite the fact that her original plan to increase the Conservative party's majority in the House of Commons has backfired and resulted in a hung parliament.

Many believe the results of 2017 general elections will also impact Britain's exit from the 27-nation bloc as the main reason behind calling for sudden elections was to strength May hands in the Parliament so as to negotiate with Brussels and pass necessary legislation.

Jeremy Corbyn vowed to lead Britain out of the European Union as he insisted Labour is "ready any time" for another general election.

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were afoot within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her. It has previosuly opposed same-sex marriage and abortion.

Pollsters will decide between the Conservative and Labour party but the smaller pro-European Liberal Democrats and the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party (UKIP) are also running for seats. Labour had won 258 seats.

A confidence and supply deal would mean them backing the Government on its Budget and confidence motions, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis. Overnight, George Osborne, no longer an MP, said: "Personally I don't see how she can survive for the long term".

But Jeremy Corbyn said it was clear Labour had won the election and indicated he was ready to put forward a programme for government in an alternative Queen's Speech.

Ruth Davidson was one of her party's silver linings, leading the Conservatives to victory in 13 seats.

Image caption Larry the Downing Street cat checks out the watching media the morning after the election.

DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News she would meet May on Tuesday.

In one of the most telling interventions of the election campaign, David Cameron suggested that the prime minister needed a large majority to prevent (rather than deliver) an "extreme Brexit".

"But she now has to turn her focus immediately back to the Brexit negotiations while presiding over an angry and restive party and with serious doubts as to whether she will lead the party into the next election, whenever it takes place", he said.

These are due to start within days although they could be delayed given the UK's political uncertainty.

Theresa must recognise that parts of our society have totally rejected her style of leadership, her manifesto and, most importantly, any hard Brexit.

The Taoiseach stated that there should be an early meeting between the Prime Minister and his successor Leo Varadkar and wished her well in the challenges that now lie ahead.

That the Theresa May government still had three years to go reveals the extent of her blunder. "The whole reason for the unexpected announcement of a snap election from Theresa May was to gain a more dominant hand when representing the negotiations, but this outcome would suggest it has backfired and ultimately will result in the door being opened even wider when it comes to the United Kingdom entering further political uncertainty".

She said: "That is why I think at this critical time for our country it is important to form a government in the national interest".

The party remained electorally dominant under its next leader Peter Robinson, but relations between nationalists and unionists in the country's fragile power-sharing executive began to cool.

  • Zachary Reyes