Britain’s exit from the European Union has been plunged into uncertainty.
Theresa May has not secured the clear mandate that she sought for her version of a hard Brexit.
When she called the election, she declared: “Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the European Union.”
Well, she is not stronger.
She has fewer seats than she started with.
As a result, it will now be hard for the government – formed with the help of Northern Ireland’s DUP – to start talking to the EU in nine days time as planned without rethinking its strategy.