But the prime minister insisted that she could carry on.
The Queen would not expect to become involved in any negotiations, but the Palace would be kept informed via representatives of the political parties or the Cabinet Secretary. Further announcements were expected on Saturday.
The early election was meant to strengthen the British Conservative Party's hand in the lead-up to Brexit negotiations, but it has backfired spectacularly. However, the small regional party would not form part of a coalition government.
She will clearly be looking to get as much out of the prime minister as possible in exchange for support.
Nevertheless, after this poor showing, Conservatives are unlikely to want May to be their figurehead during the next election, so it seems fairly likely she'll be pushed out at some point - whether that means sooner or later is yet to be seen.
On Twitter, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest grouping, the European People's Party, said, "EU did not want #Brexit, but has been prepared to negotiate it since past year".
Prior to June 8, the leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon was pushing hard for a second referendum, after losing the 2014 independence vote.
With 650 MPs in Parliament, 326 seats are needed for an absolute majority in the House of Commons.
May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day the British parliament is due to reconvene.
If there is any consolation for May and the Conservatives, it is that following Thursday's election, Scotland is not leaving the United Kingdom anytime soon.
German politician and European Union executive member Guenther Oettinger said, however, that a weak British leader increased the risk negotiations would turn out badly. Her plans for Brexit would go forward.
There was little sympathy for May from some Europeans. All of this will certainly make Brexit negotiations more complex. There were also shock results in Scotland.
But just hours later, DUP leader Arlene Foster was more reserved in her enthusiasm.
"We must in my view seek to deliver an open Brexit, not a closed one, which puts our countrys economic growth first", Davidson said.
In a WhatsApp message to Conservative lawmakers, Johnson said: "Folks we need to calm down and get behind the prime minister".
Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May a year ago - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time.
May's majority in parliament until the snap election was only held by 17 seats, but now she is at a considerable disadvantage.
May called the election called in a bid to strengthen her mandate ahead of European Union exit talks.
Her campaign unravelled after a policy U-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wider support than anyone had foreseen, notably from young voters, say analysts. Since then, a combination of poor campaigning, increased security concerns after three terror attacks, and rising popularity for Labour caused her plan to backfire. "That's not a matter for me", she said.
Still, Trump's allies are looking to sow doubt, pointing to donations some on Mueller's team have made to Democrats. Two called the friendship with Comey improper, but manageable; two called it serious; one called it a non-issue.
Fortunately for McIlroy, this tweet from Elkington contained a glaring grammatical error, leaving another opening for McIlroy. Rory McIlroy has hit back at criticism of his US Open performance after he was accused of being "bored" of playing golf.
Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican , arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said. He suffered massive blood loss and was at "imminent risk of death" upon arriving at the hospital Wednesday.
The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria .
The crowd fell silent and Francis bowed his head to recall the "many victims" of the blaze. "The EU is fully ready to help". Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed sadness over the loss of lives in a forest fire in Portugal.
The Milan Club Poland representatives were seated behind the goal with a large banner that read 'Dollarumma'. Donnarumma's stance with Milan has upset numerous club's supporters while making global headlines.
Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement . The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.
A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could help push even more moisture into Northeast Mississippi and West Alabama. Meanwhile . a couple of unseasonably strong tropical waves have emerged off the coast of Africa & are moving west.
He had missed a relatively-simple eagle putt at the par-four 15 today from just 2m after a spectacular 3-wood from the tee. Koepka is looking for his second win on tour, and first major, after the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
As a result of the casualties, the separatists called for a protest shutdown and authorities imposed section 144 in south Kashmir. Some of the militants also fired from within the crowd indiscriminately on the security forces engaged in the encounter.
The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny. Friday's tweet marked the first time Mr Trump has publicly acknowledged he is under investigation.
Jobs, safe borders and fight against terrorism are the planks that got Trump the top job, and Cuba too wants that now. The Cuban government, which has made clear it will not be pressured into reforms, had no immediate comment.
Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap
Raja Krishnamoorthi, who, introduced the revised version of the Perkins Act along with Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Companies can also set up non-registered apprenticeship programs, which many companies, such as Adobe, have done.
Iraqi forces launch attack on Mosul old city
However, this has been treated with scepticism given he has frequently been reported killed or wounded over the last three years. Iraq state TV aired live footage showing thick black smoke rising from the Old City, with the sound of gunfire rattling inside.
Didn't deserve to be in semis: du Plessis
Having bundled out South Africa for 191, two-time champions India cruised home with 12 overs to spare at The Oval. I have not thought about what we are going to think about our next tournament. "Today was a team performance".
Rep. Steve Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'
When the members of the Republican team were announced, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation throughout the stadium. Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.
Afghan soldier attacks foreign soldiers, wounding 4
The Pentagon is set to announce it is sending another 4,000 United States troops to the country to counter the insurgents. According to the Taliban, this operation was carried out by an element infiltrated into the ranks of the Afghan forces.
Burling, Kiwis beat Oracle third time in America's Cup
The Kiwis' 50-foot catamaran rose onto its hydrofoils and sped off across the turquoise waters of the Great Sound . We tidied up a lot of those little errors we made yesterday around the course and I think that really showed.
Predators on brink as Rinne struggles again in Pittsburgh
They also had appeared to have figured out Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne , as they scored eight goals on 36 shots. The Predators in past years have given out a construction worker's hard hat to recognize the best player in a game.
Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition
Sava said he told Scalise's family that 'I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family'. The congressman underwent another surgery on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.