Britain is politically less strong and stable now than it was a few months ago. Prime Minister Theresa May is cobbling a government together, after her party lost seats in the election. The Conservatives are being propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party.
The election Theresa May called just over seven weeks ago has resulted in a hung parliament - rather than the stronger Tory majority she was hoping for.
The DUP won 10 seats in the election which pushes Mrs. May's coalition over the 326-seat figure required for a tiny majority. The Tories will end up with 12 fewer seats than when the vote was called over 7 weeks ago.
This election has been a disaster for the Conservative Party and Theresa May, who sought to strengthen her negotiation position with the EU over Brexit. Those talks are due to begin on the 22nd June, and there are concerns as to how the new coalition will deal with Brexit.
The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, said "no one wants to see a hard Brexit, what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the EU".
"That's what the national vote was about, we need to get on with that, but we need to do it in a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland", she said.