Front and center among many questions facing May's new government is the matter of Brexit.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn started this campaign with a deficit in the polls of around 20 points, and his chances written off by most experts, political commentators and the press.
"The new cabinet obiously will meet early next week, our view of Brexit I don't think has changed", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC, adding he believe the government would be able to muster parliamentary support for its Brexit plans.
Instead, the party would push for a "soft" exit from the European Union that would take into account "our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland", with no hard border.
A spokesman for her office said she would go to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also said he hoped there would be no further delay to the negotiations "we are desperately waiting for". "Remember, both parties are divided". The hung parliament presents a challenge for the whole country, not just for the Conservative Party.
The Labour leader said his party would "absolutely" ensure Brexit took place if they secured power with a focus on negotiating tariff-free access as part of a "jobs-first Brexit". Complacency, caused by misplaced over-confidence in pollsters' predictions became her undoing, as indeed for that darling of the USA military-industrial complex, Hillary Clinton.
"I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party".
In Brussels, home of the European Union, there was a mix of puzzlement, confusion and frustration over the chaos of British politics.
"We were waiting for the election in Britain, but in the next few days these talks will begin".
Europe's top economic and finance official, Pierre Moscovici, said the election result was likely to have an impact "on the character of the negotiations".
Former minister Anna Soubry said Mrs May should "consider her position" after a "dreadful campaign" while backbencher Heidi Allen suggested she could be out within a matter of months, depending on the Brexit negotiations.
On whether he would join Mr Corbyn's shadow cabinet, Mr Leslie said: "My worry is if I was to serve in the shadow cabinet there'd come a moment where something would come up which I'd disagree with, and these are my principles - whether it is to do with security or the running of the economy - I might have to then resign, who knows what happens".
May confirmed Friday that senior ministers would remain in their posts, despite rumours that she had been ready to sack finance minister Philip Hammond following a clash over her Brexit strategy.
Labour have won 261 seats, gaining 36, losing 5, giving them an overall increase of 31.
The party's entrenched opposition to equal marriage has prevented the LGBT population in Northern Ireland from benefitting for the same rights as LGBT people in the rest of the United Kingdom and this is unacceptable.
And, in a second boost for the DUP, Arlene Foster's party was contemplating the possibility of significant influence - or even being the kingmaker - in either a hung Parliament or a Commons chamber where the Tories had a slender majority.