May, who became prime minister after Britain's June 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union, called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her hand in the looming Brexit negotiations.
The amusing thing is, the Tories could have enjoyed their existing majority and delayed an election all the way until 2020 if they so chose.
Theresa May will form a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party, the PM has announced after meeting the Queen.
A stream of senior lawmakers entered May's 10 Downing St. office Sunday afternoon, to learn what roles they had been given in government.
The change may help to quell some of the unrest within the party.
But Mr Johnson has denied any plot to take over Ms May's position as prime minister, labelling any such rumours as "tripe".
Ms May, who sacked Mr Gove when she took office a year ago, rejected the suggestion that his appointment was a reflection of her weakness after the election.
The DUP does support proponents of hard Brexit on the scrapping of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, which is seen among some unionists as being more favorable to Irish nationalists than British courts.
Davidson was one of the few Conservative success stories in the election as the Scottish wing of the party won 13 seats in Scotland. Labour surpassed expectations by winning 262.
But Elmar Brok, a German conservative and the European Parliament's top Brexit expert, told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper that the talks would now be more complicated.
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Indeed, the prospect of a "hard" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom leaves with no deal, has shrunk with the Conservative majority, as it's a likely "red line" for the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish lawmakers May has turned to for support in Westminster.
"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.
He said the Conservative election manifesto which Hill and Timothy were key in drafting was "a full assault on the core Tory voters, who are senior citizens". "Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations", he wrote.
Some say her failure means the government must now take a more flexible approach to the divorce, potentially softening the exit terms.
"The government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do, so that we fulfill the promise of Brexit together and - over the next five years - build a country in which no one and no community is left behind", May said in her statement.
The two sides are looking to form a "confidence and supply" arrangement.
It would mean the DUP backing the Government on its Budget and prevent it being brought down by motions of no confidence, but could potentially lead to other issues being decided on a vote-by-vote basis.
DUP leader Arlene Foster said "we have made good progress but the discussions continue".
Protesters chanted outside Downing Street, blasting the Conservative Party for uniting with the DUP, which has drawn criticism for its right-wing stance on issues such gay rights and abortion.
The British government doesn't have long to ink a deal. This would give the Tories the numbers to pass a Queen's Speech on June 19, which will set out their legislative agenda. The speech will be followed by several days of debate and a vote. "There's a possibility of voting it down it and we're going to push that all the way", he told the daily. "I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country". "This is still on".