May also promised that her government will "keep our nation safe and secure", after recent attacks in London and Manchester, by "cracking down on the ideology of Islamist extremism and all those who support it and giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe".
"Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is nearly unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader", former Conservative Treasury chief George Osborne said on ITV.
He even called on May to resign. Written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign.
"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", May said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote.
If the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party can not come to an agreement, it will be up to the Labour Party to form a minority government, according to The Economist.
Press TV has interviewed Robert Evans, a former member of the European Parliament from London, and Ian Williams, an expert of the Foreign Policy in Focus from NY, on Britain's political outlook following the shock vote. I would've thought that's enough to go, actually. Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister".
May had called the election three years early in a bid to strengthen her hand in looming Brexit negotiations, but her gamble backfired spectacularly.
But that gamble did not pay off, as concerns about social programs and security issues replaced Brexit as the main talking points in the United Kingdom.
With results declared for almost all of the 650 seats, Conservatives won 318 while the opposition Labour secured 262, leaving neither party anywhere close to the 326 seats required for an overall majority.
Labor is expected to increase its share from 229 to 262 seats, resulting in a hung parliament.
But Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative lawmakers, said a "self-indulgent" party leadership campaign would only cause more uncertainty. The first formal negotiations are due to start as early as June 19th.
Fierce clashes as US-backed force battles ISIL in Syria's Raqqa
The group said SDF forces took parts of the district of Jazra, west of Raqqa, backed by USA -led air support. He urged all parties to give safe passage to those who want to leave.
Reuters reports that Gunther H. Oettinger, a European Commission budget and human resources commissioner, expressed doubt about the talks starting as planned.
Perplexed EU leaders, unexpectedly faced with the prospect of dealing with now-shaky British leadership, sought Friday to make sense of the drama, but also made clear that while Britain might be accorded time to regroup, it should not expect an extension of the two-year deadline for the Brexit talks to end. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka of the Czech Republic told Czech Television that "now it will be necessary to wait for who will form a government and what this government will bring to negotiations over Brexit", Reuters reports.
"That's why at this critical time for our country, it's important to form a Government in the national interest".
The EU wants a "legally smooth British departure" in March 2019, the wire service says.
Dr. Nina Musgrave, assistant director at the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College, told CNN that under May's Conservative-DUP alliance, she doesn't see a big change coming in matters of the Middle East, but pointed to the DUP's support for the Israeli state.
May, who went into the election with a reputation for quiet competence, was criticized for a lackluster campaigning style and for a plan to force elderly people to pay more for their care, a proposal her opponents dubbed the "dementia tax".
For although this election was supposed to be about Brexit, the one topic that Mrs May never addressed was what her negotiating tactic with the European Union would be. To be the ruling party, May's party needed to get at least 326 seats.
The value of the British pound tumbled 1.6%, to $1.27, immediately after the exit poll results came out.
"I tend to support candidates I think are electorally viable", he said, backing Hillary Clinton over Sanders in last year's Democratic primaries despite being ideologically more aligned with the senator from Vermont. "That's what we have seen tonight".
The broadcaster said Sturgeon was "disappointed at the SNP losses". "I blame her party for destroying Britain by pushing for Brexit and austerity, two things that will ultimately be bad for my generation". "The question now is Theresa May's future (and) obviously it looks like rejection of a hard Brexit".