Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Theresa May has revealed she hopes to form an alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that would enable her to form a government.

Following a meeting with the Queen to seal her continued premiership, she asserted only the Conservatives and the DUP have "the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons" having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election.

The prime minister had wanted to increase her mandate in order to negotiate Britain's exit from the European Union following the bitterly fought and closely decided "Brexit" referendum in June 2016.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked May after her party lost the majority and asked her to quit as PM.

The PM was humiliated in the United Kingdom general election, failing to secure a majority for her Conservative Party, leaving the country with a hung parliament.

The party, which gained two seats in the election to hold 10 altogether, has not yet outlined what it might want from a formal deal with the Tories, but the prime minister said in her speech outside Downing Street that she could rely on her "friends and allies" from the DUP.

She said any changes to her personal team would be for another day after colleagues criticised the way May ran the campaign.

It is understood that the DUP has committed to supporting the Conservative Party in principle. "Not just here in Northern Ireland but right across our United Kingdom", she said.

The 10 elected members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland may have a disproportionate word in Brexit negotiations, after the ruling Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament Thursday.

She also apologised to colleagues who had "contributed so much to our country" and "didn't deserve to lose their seats".

"She has been found out, she should be ashamed", he said.

Her leadership has come under scrutiny amid the controversy surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive Deal, a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers 400m GBP (454m euros) The furore surrounding the deal saw power-sharing in Northern Ireland collapse, leaving the region without a government. They will want their goodies from May's government.

In the aftermath of the vote to leave the European bloc, DUP politicos have pushed for a kinder, gentler Brexit, and one that takes into account the unique history and geography of Ireland.

The DUP, one of the most socially conservative parties in Europe, has fought to maintain tight restrictions on abortion and opposes gay marriage. "I think we need to wait and see", Foster commented to the BBC. The DUP, a small but now influential political party, said it would consider a "confidence and supply" agreement by which it would provide support in the House of Commons to the Conservatives in exchange for enactment of some of its policies.

"How can our government be the mediator when the DUP are going to be part of our government?"

Former Tory Chancellor George Osborne, who was sacked by Theresa May when she took office a year ago, said the result would be "completely catastrophic" for the party and the PM.

  • Zachary Reyes