They failed to give Theresa May a majority setting up a possible shake-up wherein she’d have to resign and Jeremy Corbin, the guy who partied with terrorists, who promises to allow more terrorists into the country, who promises to raise taxes, and promises to stop Brexit will get in power.
Sources suggest she will to formally ask Her Majesty for permission to form a new government following a political earthquake overnight, which saw a jubilant Jeremy Corbyn claim that he won the election after making significant gains across the country.
Despite the Tories topping 42 per cent of the vote share for the first time since 1987, with almost all seats declared they were mathematically unable to get a majority of MPs.
The PM, who now knows she made a catastrophic miscalculation when she ordered the snap poll in April, has to rely on the support of minority parties to keep her in No10.
Sources suggest she has secured the backing of the Northern Irish party, who have 10 MPs, which could push her over the finishing line to form a Government.
Another option would be for the party to offer a “confidence and supply” deal – which is not a formal coalition, but an agreement only to help them on a vote-by-vote basis.
Mrs May was set to deliver a speech on the steps of Downing Street and reveal her next move, but this is thought to have been scrapped for the meantime as the Tories pore over the wreckage of a race they seemed set to win easily just a few weeks ago.
Earlier in the night, a deal seemed less likely. Arlene Foster, the DUP leader spoke to BBC Radio Ulster overnight and was tight-lipped about the prospects of her party supporting the Conservatives.
Rather importantly she said it would be “difficult” for Mrs May to survive as PM, adding: “Of course it’s too soon to say what we’re going to do yet.
“We need to see the final make-up of Parliament and then we’ll reflect on that. 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. I think we need to wait and see.”
We have a hung parliament – so what happens next?
As the current Prime Minister and leader of the largest party in Parliament, Theresa May has the right to have first go at forming a government.
She will almost certainly try to strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party – between them, the two parties will command a small majority in the Commons.
If that fails because Mrs May cannot agree to the DUP’s demands, she might try to lead a minority government and hope that other parties support her on a case-by-case basis.
Either way, to stay in power the PM will have to win a vote on her overall policy programme within two weeks, following the Queen’s Speech on June 19.
If she has made a formal deal with the DUP, she will almost certainly win that vote – but if she has not, she could lose it and her government would fall.
Then Jeremy Corbyn would have a chance to strike his own deal with the smaller left-wing parties.
This is unlikely to succeed because the total number of seats won by Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens is less than those won by the Tories alone.
If neither main party leader could form a government, new elections would be held in the autumn.
Instead of providing “strong and stable” leadership she has plunged the country’s future into doubt, and having called the election to get a mandate for the tough Brexit talks in the days ahead, they may now be delayed.
This morning EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said the negotiations might not now start as planned on June 19, potentially damaging our chances of getting a deal during the Article 50 period.
And Michel Banier, the EU’s chief negotiator, tweeted: “Brexit negotiations should start when UK is ready; timetable and EU positions are clear.
“Let’s put our minds together on striking a deal.”
And Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council. Added: “We don’t know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end.
“Do your best to avoid a ‘no deal’ as result of ‘no negotiations’.”
But despite a buoyant Jeremy Corbyn joining a host of senior Labour figures urging her to quit, sources in Tory HQ suggest the PM will definitely be staying on.
The hugely disappointing results meant the knives were soon out for Mrs May though, who could be ousted as leader of her party less than a year after taking over.
Boris Johnson emerged as the most likely contender, but he could face competition from Amber Rudd after the Home Secretary narrowly held on to her seat.
And it could spell the end for her all-powerful aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, with the co-chiefs of staff getting the flak for their boss’ disastrous campaign.
And reports suggest senior colleagues will only back her staying on if she runs a less centralised operation.