Such a result would confound those who said the opposition Labour Party's left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was electorally toxic. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the election shock didn't necessarily mean that Britons have changed their minds about leaving but also predicted that "the tone" of negotiations may be affected.
"Folk might remember I fought a leadership campaign on the other side of that particular argument", she said.
"If there is a message from tonight's result, it is this: The prime minister called the election because she wanted a mandate". Well the mandate she's got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence. "I was kind of hoping it would just go the way that the polls suggested it would and we could have a quiet life in Westminster but now it's going to be a bit of a mess". "And make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country".
And those two parties together have taken a bigger share of the overall vote than in the 2015 election.
In a significant loss, Theresa May's Conservative Party failed to maintain its majority in the British Parliament in yesterday's election.
"A working government is needed as soon as possible to avoid a further drop in the pound", said ING currency strategist Viraj Patel in London.
A party needs to win 326 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons to form a majority government.
Philpot argues that while young Britons widely supported the Labour Party, young Jews seem to be the exception. It would be only the second coalition government in the United Kingdom since World War II. "We don't know when Brexit talks start", tweeted European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday as the election results became clear.
The start of Brexit talks due on June 19 risk being pushed back, as the Conservatives debate whether to rethink their strategy. Clegg, who once served as a deputy prime minister, was defeated in Sheffield Hallam by fewer than 1,500 votes. "Time for everyone to regroup".
Jeremy Corbyn said he will oppose the government all the way, telling the Sunday Mirror he can "still be prime minister". "We have the possibility of a coalition government and all that entails", said Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital, in a note. "A government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".
A referendum on the final Brexit deal might also be on the horizon in at least two years time.
European Union budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger stressed that the official deadline of March 2019 is a bit of a stretch in itself.
With May's mandate shattered, the departure is less likely to be a "hard" Brexit in which Britain leaves the single market and European Union citizens will no longer be able to move freely between European Union member states and the UK. Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, said the results were "a disaster for Theresa May", the BBC reports.
And, earlier, Ms Foster herself doubted Ms May could stay in No 10, telling the BBC: "I don't know", adding: "I think it will be hard for her to survive". "That's what we have seen tonight".
Freer, a Conservative MP who was able to retain his seat, told The Jewish Chronicle that it was the Labour's anti-semitic reputation that may have helped his return to Parliament. "Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy".
"I reject all of those views personally, but the Tory party doesn't have a choice in order to get a majority", he said.