Spectacularly punished by voters who took away her majority in Parliament, a politically wounded but defiant Theresa May soldiered on Friday as Britain's prime minister, resisting pressure to resign after the failure of a high-stakes election gamble that made the massive challenge of untangling Britain from the European Union only more complex and uncertain.
The Democratic Unionist Party, which won 10 seats in Thursday's voting, is entering talks with the Conservatives to discuss how to work together in a new government.
May had earlier met with Queen Elizabeth to ask for permission to form a government.
"It will be hard for her to survive given that she was presumed at the start of the campaign, which seems an awfully long time ago, to come back with maybe a hundred, maybe more, in terms of her majority", she told BBC Radio Ulster.
Here, the Taoiseach in waiting says the British Government doesn't now have a strong mandate for a "hard Brexit".
Ms Davidson, who became engaged to partner Jen Wilson in May 2016, later told the BBC: "I was fairly straightforward with her (Mrs May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party". In the late stages of the campaign, the United Kingdom was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London. "Now let's get to work". May wanted to strengthen her hand in the imminent divorce talks with the EU.
But even if it had joined together in a so-called progressive alliance with the SNP, Lib Dems, Green Party and Plaid Cymru, it would only have reached 313 seats - short of the 326 figure.
The premier had hoped in vain to secure a convincing leadership mandate before Brexit negotiations with the European Union, scheduled to begin on June 19.
May's logic is not clear yet but political commentators speculate that it is because of the social conservatism of the DUP.
One of the main criticisms aimed at the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before the election campaign was that he did not step up to his role as leader of the opposition.
"I think it's pretty clear who won this election", he said at Labour's headquarters in central London. She said she would provide "strong and stable leadership" to clinch a good deal for Britain.
EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, tweeted early Friday that negotiations should start "when the United Kingdom is ready".
However, Mrs May insisted that, as the leader of the largest party in the new parliament, she had a duty to act in the "national interest" and lead the country through the Brexit negotiations starting in ten days' time.
The stunning results thrust Northern Ireland's DUP into the forefront, with its 10 seats enough to give the Conservatives a fragile partnership in which the DUP would support a Conservative minority government without a formal coalition. Without a majority of seats in the House, a party risks seeing its manifesto stalled and blocked at every turn by opposition parties.