Theresa May is forming a minority government - here's what that actually means

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Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she would form a new government to provide certainty and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful Brexit deal.

Snap elections in the United Kingdom have cost the Conservative government its majority and raised more questions than answers among Britain's global counterparts.

"It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next, year and that might be a good thing because we can not go on with a period of great instability", Mr Corbyn, who has called on Ms May to resign over the election result, told the BBC.

The Labour leader's comments came as Ms May faced intensifying internal criticism.

This reflects the weakness of her position after losing her majority. But few think she can hang on for more than a few months.

I mean, she said vote for me, and I'll be a strong and stable leader in the Brexit negotiations.

"The General Election result creates a political landscape that is considerably more complex", said Geoff Taylor, chief executive of labels trade body BPI.

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"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party would be entering talks with the Conservatives to explore "how it may it be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge". But for now, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says reports of a plot to remove May herself is "tripe".

He said: "I am backing Theresa May. Let's get on with the job", he tweeted.

When May called the election in April, she did so with the Conservatives riding high in the polls, and the pound had surged on expectations that a big majority for the Conservatives would allow her to quell the so-called euroskeptics in her parliamentary ranks. Whilst the DUP allow the Tories to form a government that together could successfully push policies through, yesterday's election can only be seen as a significant loss and backward step for May, the Conservative's and United Kingdom as a whole. So what was already a very, very onerous task, I think, has just become much, much more hard.

"The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit".

The Protestant unionist party also had links with outlawed paramilitary groups during the years of Northern Ireland's "Troubles".

It continued: "The talks so far have been positive".

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Downing Street says it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting.

Davis said however the Conservatives would not adopt the views of its intended partner on matters such as abortion and gay marriage.

Asked if Labour would seek to keep Britain in the European single market and customs union, Mr Corbyn said: "Well, the single market is a requirement of EU membership and since we won't be EU members there will have to be an arrangement made".

There is no doubt there were two clear winners in the north on Thursday - the DUP which will be buoyed by these results after the battering it took in March and Sinn Féin which cemented its position as the main nationalist voice.

The Conservatives won the biggest share of seats in Thursday's election, but lost their majority in Parliament and will have to rely on support from a smaller party to govern.

The SNP, on the other hand, lost 21 seats, down from a record 56 they won in 2015, in an apparent repudiation of the party's promise to push for a second independence vote.

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