Theresa May heads to Buckingham Palace to seek minority government

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday visited Queen Elizabeth II to obtain permission to form a minority government with the DUP's support after her Conservative Party lost her parliamentary majority in the general election.

DUP leader Arlene Foster says she has spoken to Theresa May this morning.

There is also anger among the party membership over the huge election losses and May's gamble to call a snap general election a full three years ahead of when it would have been officially due in 2020.

May yesterday lost her two closest aides as she struggled to reassert her leadership after a crushing election setback.

"Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new Parliament".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told party activists today that May was "arrogant" and "vain" and should step down. Northern Ireland remained part of the United Kingdom when the rest of Ireland gained independence from Britain in 1922.

She's just delivered a statement outside Number 10 Downing Street saying that, after speaking with the Queen, she is forming a new government with the help of right-wing Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to be a "bloody hard woman" during her country's upcoming divorce negotiations with the European Union, has been ruthlessly reminded that British voters can be bloody hard as well.

Sinn Féin won seven seats to the DUP's 10 and independent candidate Lady Sylvia Hermon retained North Down.

"We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond", the spokesperson said.

As the results of this extraordinary election were declared, the DUP's Deputy Leader, Nigel Dodds, declared it was "turning into a great night" for his party and for the union between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The agreement should protect the government from being brought down by a vote of no confidence, but they will have to agree other issues on a vote-by-vote basis.

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"The ease of movement of goods and services from the Republic of Ireland into the North is going to be of the utmost importance to the DUP, which would necessitate remaining part of the customs union".

The party, which returned 10 MPs to Westminster, has garnered a reputation for its strong, sometimes controversial views.

  • Leroy Wright