But some senior figures in Conservative Party were adamant May should stay on as prime minister, at least for the time being.
"Theresa May is a dead woman walking".
"I think it's pretty clear who won this election", he said at Labour's headquarters in central London.
The Labour Party was crippled by in-fighting and defections.
That was also the broadly desired outcome in Brussels, where leaders believed that a stronger May would be better able to cut compromise deals with the European Union and resist pressure from the hardline pro-Brexit factions in her party that have called for Britain to reject European Union terms and, possibly, walk out without a deal.
Downing Street says it hopes to finalize the deal next week, after Parliament resumes sitting. If she is the leader of the largest party, there is a duty on her to seek to form government.
Before her defeat, May said she wanted to negotiate the divorce and the future trading relationship with the European Union before Britain leaves in March 2019, followed by what she calls a phased implementation process to give business time to prepare for the impact of the divorce.
"I think it would be very, very hard indeed for her to stay on", political analyst Carole Walker told CNN.
Ellvena Graham, president of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "This result has accomplished the unlikely feat of piling more uncertainty on business communities already grappling with a number of issues including a shortage of skilled workers, currency fluctuations, high up-front costs, and the Brexit process".
"This is not the time for sharks to be circling". "I certainly think that there will be contact made over the weekend but I think it is too soon to talk about what we're going to do", she said. "Now let's get to work".
She said that the poor showing meant that she would need to "reflect" on voters' appetite for a new referendum.
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Several newspapers said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was being urged by supporters to launch a leadership challenge, but he dismissed the reports as "tripe" in a tweet saying he was backing May.
In a move that could jeopardise her frantic attempts to remain as Prime Minister, the DUP is accusing Downing Street of announcing a deal on its MPs voting with the Tories in the Commons before an agreement has been reached.
"As we are the party that won most seats and most votes, we are the only party that is in a position to form a government that can do that".
Many critics, including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, have expressed concerns over the DUP's stances against gay marriage and abortion, among other issues.
"There has been a lot of hyperbole about the DUP since Thursday, a lot of things said", DUP leader Foster told Sky News. We've only just scratched the surface here. Where I frame it is, we want a tariff-free access to the European market, we also want to maintain a very important university and research collaboration in Europe, and there's a whole host of European agencies - Euratom, security, environment - in which we wish to be part of.
And the Brexit talks are due to start in 10 days time.
Speaking in Mexico, Mrs Merkel told a news conference: "We are ready for the negotiations".
Despite only holding 10 seats in the United Kingdom's 650-seat parliament, the party will now assume the role of powerbroker in propping up a minority government.
The strength of any deal looks set to be tested when the Commons meets, with Jeremy Corbyn vowing to try to bring down the Government by defeating May in Parliament and insisting: "I can still be prime minister". And Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron pledged during the election not to go into coalition with either the Tories or Labour.
The Conservative setback was only matched by the Scottish Nationalist Party's (SNP) loss of 21 seats.
The resignations came as May worked to fill jobs in her minority government.