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Theresa May will remain as Prime Minister and the Conservatives will be supported by the DUP in parliament.
Speaking after meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace, she said she intends to form a government that will provide "certainty" and guide the country through Brexit talks.
She said she was confident that the Tories would be able to work together with the Democratic Unionist Party in the "interests of the whole UK".
Mrs May added that she will work for a "Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country".
What a night!
And what a strange election - where the winners feel like losers and the losers feel like winners.
There's real anger among some Tories here at Westminster - aimed at Theresa May and her advisers. This was an election she didn't have to call. She led what one veteran Tory said to me was the "worst campaign ever".
She wanted it to be about Brexit - but it wasn't. Brexit hardly got a mention. This was an election about austerity, social care, tuition fees, railways, police cuts - and on every issue Theresa May looked defensive. Many voters also found her refusal to debate and her parroting of soundbites pathetic.
Mrs May was way ahead in the polls at the start - when most voters didn't really know much about her. The more they saw of her, the less impressed they were, To the Tories' consternation (and disbelief), the more voters saw of Jeremy Corbyn the more they warmed to him.
Her strategy of targeting Labour seats in the North failed utterly. Instead she lost seats to Labour in the South. Losing a marginal like Brighton Kemptown was perhaps excusable.But Reading East? And Canterbury - where they were defending a majority of nearly 10,000?
Away from the Tory/Labour battle, there was some cheer for the Lib Dems - and two long-standing hard-working candidates in Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd) and Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran).
Ahead for the country - ironically - could be a coalition of chaos as the Tories rely on Northern Ireland MPs for a Commons majority. And possibly an autumn general election - not ideal when the Brexit talks will already have started.
But first, we await Mrs May's statement. It's hard to see how it can be anything but an announcement that she intends to resign.
When we went to ask the losing Conservative what went wrong in Eastbourne, our female reporter was manhandled out of the way.
Watch what happened below:
Theresa May looks unsure of her future as Prime Minister, according to George Osborne.
The former Chancellor agreed with ex-Labour politician Ed Balls that Mrs May did not look confident of remaining PM during a speech in the early hours of Friday.
Their comments came shortly after Mrs May delivered a victory speech having been re-elected as MP for Maidenhead, but on a night when the Conservatives looked to fall short of gaining an overall majority.
Asked if he agreed with Mr Balls's analysis, Mr Osborne said: "I would, actually."
He continued: "What you could tell was, having given these sort of speeches, there was one thing in her mind she wanted to say - which was, the Conservative Party was going to provide a period of stability in the coming period. That was all."
Mr Osborne described the speech as a "holding statement", adding that there had been "nothing about her personal position".
"I think they're probably thinking 'we've got to see how the number play out overnight'... and they will be trying to work out what to do," he said.
"I don't think she thought a day ago that she was going to be in this position."
A post-mortem is likely to be carried out on the Conservative campaign election, according to George Osborne.
The former Chancellor insisted that Mrs May would remain Prime Minister if the Conservatives managed to form an overall majority.
And he predicted that the party didn't have an "appetite" for an immediate leadership contest.
But, in light of the exit poll suggesting the Tories may fall short of an overall majority, he said questions would be asked by the party.
"I think there will be a huge post-mortem about having the General Election, about the manifesto that was drawn up by a very small circle in Downing Street and not shared by the Cabinet, about the style of the campaign," Mr Osborne said.
Theresa May has said that whatever the election results are the Conservatives will fulfill their duty to ensure "stability" for the country as she was re-elected MP for Maidenhead.
Being returned to the seat with over 37,000 votes, the Prime Minister reiterated the message she based her election campaign around saying the country needs above all else "a period of stability".
In her acceptance speech Mrs May said the party put the key issues for the country at the heart of their campaign: "As we ran this campaign we set out to consider the issues that are the key priorities for the British people.
"Getting the Brexit deal right, ensuring that we both identify and show how we can address the big challenges facing our country, doing what is in the national interest."
The Tory leader added: "That is always what I have tried to do in my time as a Member of Parliament and my resolve to do that is the same this morning as it always has been."
As a majority win is looking increasingly unlikely for the Tories Mrs May added: "As we look ahead and we wait to see what the final results will be, I know that as I say the country needs a period of stability.
"Whatever the results are, the Conservative party will ensure that we fulfill our duty in ensuring that stability, so that we can all, as one country go forward together."
Latest ITV News reports
More than 68% of the electorate turned out to vote in the 2017 General Election, and it's said the youth vote helped to boost those figures.
Theresa May will not resign as Prime Minister, ITV News understands.