Theresa May's speech in full on forming Government with DUP
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 11:07
Theresa May has said she intends to form a government that will provide "certainty" and guide the country through Brexit talks.
"As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular", she said outside her residence in Downing Street".
Following an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the PM said she was confident that she would be able to work with the Democratic Unionists at Westminster in a new administration.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged her to quit, saying Labour is "ready to serve".
But with complex talks on Britain's divorce from the European Union due to start in 10 days, it was unclear what their direction would now be and if the so-called "Hard Brexit" taking Britain out of a single market could still be pursued. Written off by many pollsters, Labour surged in the final weeks of the campaign and the party drew strong support from young people, who are said to have voted in bigger-than-expected numbers in this election.
But even if it joined together in a so-called progressive alliance with the SNP, Lib Dems, Green Party and Plaid Cymru, it would only reach 313 seats - short of the 326 figure.
Shortly before her statement, senior DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said it was "much too early" to talk of a formal deal.
It is thought Mrs May will 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 reports.
British media are reporting that Conservatives can no longer win an outright majority in Parliament.
However she said he, along with foreign secretary Boris Johnson, home secretary Amber Rudd, defence secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit minister David Davis would remain in their posts.
"Cracking down on the ideology of Islamist extremism and all those who support it and giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe".
"Our position is very clear, we want a jobs-first Brexit, therefore the most important thing is the trade deal with Europe", he said. But he also stressed he would not enter into any "pacts or deals" with other parties.