May to form minority 'government of certainty'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she has received assurances from the Prime Minister over gay rights should the Tories do a deal with Democratic Unionist Party.

Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, May said her Conservatives and the DUP will work together to " fulfil the promise of Brexit".

Mays' future as leader and head of the Conservative Party is being openly questioned after her call to hold a snap election backfired. Party leader Arlene Foster described the election as "a good night for the union".

He had annoyed many Conservatives who want a clean break with the European Union by stressing the need for a Brexit deal that allows companies to keep on hiring the migrant workers they need, and took the blame for a policy U-turn in March when he quickly dropped a plan to raise social security tax for self-employed workers.

However, May has sought support from the DUP - the fifth-largest party with 10 seats - in order to bring the Conservative Party back to power.

Foster said Friday it would be "difficult" for May to continue in her role.

"She wanted a mandate", he said, "well the mandate she has got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence".

This is expected to have an impact on the Brexit negotiations, which are due to open with the European Union on June 19. And they really dislike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Hammond, 61, was named Chancellor of The exchequer by Mrs May shortly after she took over as prime minister almost a year ago, in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union. "I would have thought that's enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country".

He later said it was it was "pretty clear who has won this election".

It does call for "a secure and sustainable energy supply for both domestic and business customers", and calls for an integrated electricity market across Ireland and the continued development of a North South interconnector.

A DUP source told the Guardian newspaper, "We want there to be a government".

The EU's chief negotiator said the bloc's stance on Brexit and the timetable for the talks were clear, but the divorce negotiations should only start when Britain is ready.

But, after intensive talks with the DUP as the final election results came in, the Prime Minister instead drove the short distance to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for permission to form a new government.

He ended it with more than 30 extra seats and the UK's political system disrupted.

Within hours of the results being announced, reports suggest May had teamed up with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

  • Salvatore Jensen