May to form government with DUP, retains top ministers

Prime Minister Theresa May said today she would form a new government with assistance from Northern Irish unionists to provide political certainty and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful Brexit deal.

When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street Friday morning to confirm that she will try to lead a minority government, it was significant that she referred to "the Conservative and Unionist party" - the historic name of the party she leads.

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. Over night the Tories emerged to be the largest party with 318 seats and with 42.4% of the votes, yet did not have a majority and lost 13 seats compared to 2015.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.

Sky News reported that Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) would back her, allowing the Conservatives to reach the 326 seats needed for a parliamentary majority.

As things stand, it looks as if the two parties will work together under an informal arrangement rather than an official coalition, with the DUP supporting the Conservatives on key votes, such as the budget.

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

The DUP holds just 10 seats in the British parliament but this would be enough to give May's Conservatives a working majority.

While sterling's drop so far is substantial, it pales in comparison to its fall after Britain voted to leave the European Union last June.

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There will be many who blame SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon for this despite her insistence that the party had still "won" the election in Scotland, a numerically correct but politically hollow claim.

DUP leader Arlene Foster confirmed that she had spoken to May and would be entering talks with the Conservatives to discuss "how it may it be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".

Writing in The Times she said: "Mrs May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn't understand how destructive they both were".

"I think we need a change".

While always striving for the "best deal" for Northern Ireland and its people, Foster said her party would always have the best interests of the United Kingdom at heart.

Referring to the strong relationship she had with the DUP but giving little detail of how their arrangement might work, she said she meant to form a government which could provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country.

"The British people have not given her the landslide she wanted and many predicted, and Labour will not stand by and let her impose policies that do not have public support or legitimacy", a spokesman said.

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