Lo and behold, the snap election that May called two months ago has now denied her Conservative Party a majority, resulting in a hung parliament. The Scottish National Party is projected to win 34 seats, the Liberal Democrats 14 seats, and other parties 22 seats.
While her Conservatives will likely remain the largest party - and may even have a majority to govern - they are losing seats.
"I will now form a government", May said in front of No. 10 Downing St. moments after speaking with Queen Elizabeth II, "a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country".
Voter turnout in the election was at 68.7 per cent and young voters turned out in big numbers in this snap poll election.
The development is an embarrassing turn for the British Prime Minister, who called the vote three years earlier than required, in a bid to give her a strong position in Brexit negotiations. The Northern Ireland party won 10 seats, enough to give May a majority under a partnership in Parliament. As one teaching student at the University of London told VOA, "I think most of us here were against Brexit previous year". Though the electorate appears to still favor some form of Brexit, the results of Thursday's vote ultimately undermine May as she prepares to take on hardened European Union negotiators in Brussels.
The outcome was a significant political embarrassment for May, who called for an early election in April based on polls that showed the Conservatives would increase their majority and give her more clout in hard talks with the European Union on terms for exiting the political and economic alliance.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May should resign.
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A ministerial reshuffle was due to take place "shortly", she said, as she refused to rule out other changes.
Without the 14 seats won by the Scottish Conservatives, Mrs May's party would have been languishing on just 305 seats.
"It is the policy of both the Conservative party and the UK Labour party to respect the Brexit referendum result. She's then got to present a programme to parliament", he said.
Pundits will say that May lost the election because she performed robotically on the campaign trail, failed to answer journalists' questions with conviction, and refused to debate Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who campaigned with more panache than anyone expected.
"I think her position is, in the long term, untenable", Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry told Sky News.
Corbyn advised the humiliated prime minister to pack up and leave and "make way for a government that is truly representative of this country".
A delay in forming a government could push back the start of Brexit talks, now scheduled for June 19, and reduce the time available for what are expected to be the most complex negotiations in post-World War Two European history. They will want their goodies from May's government. But the election result meant it was unclear whether her plan to take Britain out of the bloc's single market and customs union could still be pursued. "I said at the start this election was wrong".