Theresa May to form government with help of Democratic Unionist party

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Speaking outside Number 10 after 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.

"We will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular", she said.

"Both the Conservatives and the DUP are Brexiteers, and that will help with the negotiations with Brussels, as well as the vexed issue of the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland".

It is unclear exactly how the partnership between the DUP and the Conservatives will work.

Falling short of the 326 seats needed to form a majority government, the Prime Minister was forced to consider forming a coalition with look to other parties in order to stay in power.

The party's leader Arlene Foster has spoken out against a "hard Brexit", which could threaten this, and so will nearly certainly make this a red line.

Today Arlene Foster has said, "We'll wait to hear what the results actually are, but we are very pleased with the way in which people have reacted to the positive message of the campaign - it was about the Union, the importance of the Union, and unionists have really come out in their numbers".

Robinson said the arrangement between the two parties will not extend beyond a confidence and supply deal - which means the smaller party would pledge to back the government's budget and programme without taking up ministerial positions in the new administration.

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Note the deliberate use of the words "and Unionist" to signal her sudden reliance on support from the Democratic Unionists. Most recently, Harold Wilson's in 1974, after the February election of that year yielded no overall majority, and John Major's government of 1996-97, after the slim majority that he had won in 1992 had been whittled down by defections and the grim reaper.

She claimed the election result was a "great result for the union" adding "those who want to tear apart the union that we cherish and benefit from so hugely have been sent a clear and resounding message".

How do they feel about a hung parliament? "The party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party".

Prime Minister Theresa May saw a Conservative majority in the House of Commons shrink to a minority.

Commenting on the potential alliance, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers chief executive Kate Nicholls said the move "could be positive for hospitality" in principle. Overnight, George Osborne, no longer an MP, said: "Personally I don't see how she can survive for the long term".

"We are ready to serve the people who have put their trust in us", he said.

"Instead the left will likely turn on the right pointing how much better they might have done if the party had been united over the last two years rather than tearing itself apart with infighting". The Liberal Democrats would be willing to vote down the government's legislative agenda and budget if they did not think it was good for the country, Farron said.

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