"What the country needs more than ever is certainty", the Conservative leader said after the shock outcome of Thursday's vote.
But Theresa was misled by the polls, which, until we got dangerously close to the election, portrayed her as a popular leader with a commanding lead over her rivals, particularly Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party.
"We want to negotiate quickly, we want to stick to the time plan, and so at this point I don't think there is anything to suggest these negotiations can not start as was agreed".
With all but one constituency declared, the conservatives won 318 seats - down from 331 at the 2015 election - while Labour was on 261, up from 229.
"She's staying, for now", the source told Reuters.
After seeking permission from Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government, May pointedly made no reference to her party's damaging losses, leading the Evening Standard, edited by former Tory finance minister George Osborne, to splash the front-page headline "Queen of Denial". Further announcements were expected today.
A senior Conservative lawmaker was in Belfast on Saturday for talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose 10 seats in the new parliament could give May just enough support to pass legislation.A source close to the DUP said the party was seeking more funding for the province and concessions for former British soldiers in exchange for supporting May.But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended.The crisis also increases the chance that Britain will fall out of the European Union in 2019 without a deal. "That's why I'm here", the Labour leader stressed.
It was not immediately clear what the DUP's demands might be and one DUP lawmaker suggested support might come vote by vote.
The British pound fell more than 2% to $1.2642 on Friday, as markets reacted to the political uncertainty of the election results.
"Britons have made clear with this election result that they reject the confrontational course adopted to date by Theresa May", he said, adding that single market access was dependent the United Kingdom dropping its opposition to freedom of movement.
It was the second time, in rapid succession, that the Tory Party leadership seemed utterly foolish.
A man picks up a newspaper reporting the development following Britain's general election at a shop in Westminster in London, Saturday June 10, 2017.
"As the country moves into the next Brexit phase in 10 days' time, any new government will need to ensure that they keep a watchful eye on a new youth voting block which has flexed its muscles and who have seen that their participation in elections can make a real difference". Instead, she has left Britain's government ranks in disarray, days before the divorce negotiations are due to start on June 19.
May had threatened to walk away from the talks rather than accept a "bad deal", with Britain's exit bill and the fate of European Union citizens in Britain among the early obstacles. A "soft" Brexit would remove Britain as a member of the European Union, but permit it to remain in the single market. "You know what? Politics has changed". She's then got to present a programme to Parliament.
"That would prevent another election, because I think people have had enough of elections".
Many in the party believe she has been fatally wounded.
Late in the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues.