Theresa May To Form A Working Government With DUP
9 June 2017, 03:07
Theresa May will form a government with the DUP after failing to win a majority in the General Election.
Britain has a hung parliament after the Conservatives lost seats on an extraordinary night. The Tories will be the biggest party, but cannot reach the magic number of 326 seats to form a majority government.
Instead, she will form a majority government with the DUP, who won 10 seats in Northern Ireland.
She visited Bucking Palace at lunchtime to seek permission from the Queen to form a government.
Speaking outside Downing Street following the meeting, the Prime Minister issued a brief statement, but did not directly mention the fact her party had failed to secure a majority.
She said: “What the country needs now more than ever is certainty.
“Having secured the largest number of votes and greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear the Conservatives and Unionist party has the legitimacy to provide that.”
It is understood the DUP will support Theresa May and there won't be a formal coalition deal.
Earlier, a Conservative source told LBC that she could resign if they fail to get a majority.
A source told LBC "the knives are out for Theresa May". LBC's Political Editor Theo Usherwood reveals: "The news from CCHQ is that if Theresa May doesn't get an overall majority, she's going to resign.
"There is a glimmer of hope I'm hearing within Conservative Campaign Headquarters that she may just be able to limp over the line, as a source put it to me.
"And in effect, if she does manage to secure that overall majority, she will stay on for a certain period to ensure . there is stability.
"From what I understand, they will look at Brexit again. There's a recognition within the Conservative Party that what was being put forward by Theresa May in terms of that hard Brexit wasn't what voters wanted in terms of securing the rights of EU nationals. She refused to do that beforehand."