She said: "Well, of course, as I've said many times during the campaign, I have wanted to achieve a larger majority, but that was not the result that we secured". In the United States, some analysts criticized Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for running a lackluster and arrogant campaign against her underestimated, upstart rival.
May met with the Queen of England Friday morning, giving a statement saying that, with the support of the Northern Irish party, she will form her own government.
May announced the party would try to strike a deal to form a government with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, an alliance that is fraught with difficulties. Many leaders of European Union countries were devastated by Britain's vote to get out of the club.
The prime minister maintained that the Brexit talks would begin as planned next week, but with her party's loss of 13 seats and its parliamentary majority, May will rely on the support of the DUP vote by vote. "It's a shame, because I think she would've done well", said a 74-year-old woman who declined to give her name.
"The British need to negotiate their exit but with a weak negotiating partner, there is a danger that the talks are bad for both parties", he told German radio. "So let's not kid ourselves", he said.
But there was little sympathy from some other Europeans. The result ended his career and shocked Europe. While she is expected to remain out of frontline action for some time, it is expected that the way will be left open for her to return to the shadow cabinet when her health improves. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar.More news: Horse racing bets
The pound had its worst day of the year so far in reaction, falling by almost 2% against the dollar to its lowest level in two months.
As political analysts ponder the causes of the surprise swing from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives to Labour in Britain's snap election, one of the key factors appears to be the high turnout of young voters. "I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn for running a very positive and effective campaign". On the day in May that the election was called, 57,987 under the age of 25 registered to vote - more than any other age group, according to the BBC. May inherited a small majority from him.
I know that might get an audible gasp from all those that were dreaming of a halcyon leftist Corbyn-led Labour government taking the reins of power from Theresa May, or those that had been led to believe by the polls that this election merely served to reinforce the Tory hold.
She took a tough line against Brussels on the campaign trail, describing herself as a "bloody hard woman" and warning she was willing to walk away from the talks if she could not get a good deal.
Then, attacks in Manchester and London that killed a total of 30 people brought the campaign to a halt - twice, sent a wave of anxiety through Britain and forced May to defend the government's record on fighting terrorism.
Labour's dramatic turnaround was traced back to the week in which the party's draft manifesto was leaked, amplifying coverage of policies that proved truly popular with the public.
Still, the referendum was not the main issue informing Thursday's vote.
The Scottish National Party of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, which has dominated politics north of the border for a decade, and called for a new independence vote after Brexit, lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015. "Our leader needs to take stock as well".