Prime Minister to try forming minority government

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will reportedly back Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives in forming a government after an inconclusive election result.

A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that May would meet the British head of state at Buckingham Palace, reports Efe news.

She said May she will form a government that will provide certainty and work to keep Britain safe and secure.

"The Government I lead will put fairness and opportunity at the heart of everything we do, so that we fulfill the promise of Brexit together and - over the next five years - build a country in which no one and no community is left behind. Now let's get to work", she said.

Foster said her party would "explore ways it can work with the Conservative government".

Neither the Conservatives or the opposition Labour Party were able to reach the 326 seats required for an absolute majority government. In the most dramatic result of the night, the Irish republican party won Foyle - which mainly comprises the city of Londonderry - by just 169 votes, taking the seat from the moderate nationalist Social Democratic and Labour party.

The Prime Minister was also accused of hypocrisy for collaborating with a party that has contact with the Ulster Defence Association after a campaign during which she accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of having links to terror groups.

May said this was vital as the Brexit talks were due to begin in just ten days time.

Both sides stopped short of calling the deal a coalition.

"Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated", tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian premier who is the European Parliament's point man for the Brexit process.

The DUP and Conservatives have been in close touch throughout May's year in power, and contacts are believed to have continued as election results came in this morning.

"That's what people voted for last June".

There had been doubts cast over her leadership after she paid a heavy price for her gamble to overturn the UK's Fixed Term Parliament Act and call a snap general election ahead of the fixed time-frame it would have been held in 2020.

But her campaign unravelled after a policy U-turn on care for the elderly, while Corbyn's old-school socialist platform and more impassioned campaigning style won wide support.

The Prime Minister said the unseated MPs - including eight ministers - had not deserved to be ousted as she saw her Commons majority wiped out. After his defeat, Paul Nuttall resigned as the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader.

"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".

Oettinger's boss, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said his Brexit negotiating team under Michel Barnier was ready: "The clock is ticking", Juncker said.

  • Leroy Wright