British Prime Minister Theresa May remains defiant despite losing her majority in the United Kingdom election.
The DUP, whose 10 seats would allow the government to get measures through Parliament, is a socially conservative pro-British Protestant group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and includes both environmentalists and climate-change deniers among its senior ranks.
She failed to express contrition for her gamble that spectacularly backfired, but newspaper headlines reflected the sense that she has been deeply wounded.
"From hubris to humiliation", said the left-leaning Guardian. The Times' front page said: "May stares into the abyss".
Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister". Many analysts said it was unlikely May could remain leader for long now that her authority has been eroded.
After confirming on Friday that her top five ministers, including finance minister Philip Hammond, would keep their jobs, May was expected to appoint a team that will take on one of the most demanding negotiations in British history. "Yet it has failed to win a majority in five of the past six general elections and it has left the country all but ungovernable as a outcome of two extraordinary miscalculations".
The UK has a hung Parliament now because none of the parties won enough seats in the General Election to make a government.
London's neutrality in Northern Ireland is key to the delicate balance of power in the province once plagued by decades of unrest.
The DUP is rooted in a hardline form of Protestantism that opposes Ulster's reunification with the predominantly Catholic Irish Republic.
Media commentators agreed she had been badly damaged, and some predicted she and her strategy for Brexit could struggle to survive.
Ruth Davidson, leader of Conservatives in Scotland, where the party did well, said the results showed the Conservatives should prioritise good trade relations with the EU.
Flanked by her members of Parliament, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, and former Northern Ireland First Minister, Arlene Foster (C), poses for a photograph outside the Stormont Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 9, 2017, following the result of the general election.
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant praised Mrs May for her decisive action in moving quickly to form a government. "One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights", she told the BBC.
If she is to succeed in delivering the end of Britain's European Union membership which 52 percent of the British public demanded a year ago, she must find a way to recapture the full support of her party because she will need their votes to pass legislation preparing for and ultimately enacting the departure.
May was initially forecast to be on course for a landslide.
May sought to frame the campaign around Brexit, but two terror attacks put scrutiny on her record of cutting police numbers, turning to the debate back to austerity, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to end.
Polling day on Thursday delivered a slap to May, leaving her eight seats short of the 326-seat mark for an overall majority.
May's campaign seemed to suffer from her refusal to debate and her propensity to appear only in carefully controlled situations.
Britain's best-selling Sun newspaper said senior party members promised to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they were anxious that a leadership contest now could propel Corbyn into power.