Results of the general elections in the UK are out with no party gaining a clear majority and though the Tories fell short, Prime Minister Theresa May says she will form government in the UK with the support of the Democratic Unionists (DUP).
May is resisting calls for a resignation and says that through support of DUP she will guide the UK through crucial Brexit talks. She said that only Tories had the “legitimacy” to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority.
May said that they have a “strong relationship” with the DUP and that she intended form a government which could “provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country”. May said she was expecting a different result and that she felt “sorry” for colleagues who lost their seats.
The Labour party on the other hand claim they are the “real winners” and that May should be “ashamed” of carrying on.
The Tories needed 326 seats to win another majority but they fell short and must rely on the DUP to continue to rule. In a short statement outside Downing Street after an audience with the Queen, May said she would join with her DUP “friends” to “get to work” on Brexit.
“Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years. This gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole UK,” May said.
“It is thought May would seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it “lend” its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as “confidence and supply”, the BBC report said. May told reporters that she had “wanted to achieve a larger majority but that was not the result”.
DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed that she had spoken to May and that they would speak further to “explore how it may be possible to bring stability to this nation at this time of great challenge”, the BBC reported.