May to form 'government of certainty' with DUP backing

Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has been forced to enter into an alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), after her Conservative Party suffered a stinging setback at the polls which left it with no majority and the country with a hung Parliament.

It is thought she 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".

It is now just ten days before she is scheduled to sit down and begin the real talks to extricate the United Kingdom from the European Union, but May now has to negotiate without the definitive backing she had hoped to get from the British public.

Many believe the results of 2017 general elections will also impact Britain's exit from the 27-nation bloc as the main reason behind calling for sudden elections was to strength May hands in the Parliament so as to negotiate with Brussels and pass necessary legislation.

Sky News reported early Friday that Labour held the seat of Southampton Test, guaranteeing that no party will reach the 326 seats necessary for an overall majority in the 650-seat Parliament.

May had hoped to be celebrating an increased majority for the Conservative Party having called a snap election in April.

The Conservative Party has depended on Irish politicians before: Prime Minister John Major relied on support from the Ulster Unionist Party to shore up his government in the mid-1990s.

A majority of people in Northern Ireland voted "remain" in the referendum on European Union membership, but the socially-conservative DUP is pro-Brexit - aligning it with one of Ms May's key goals.

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Former Tory Chancellor George Osborne, who was sacked by Theresa May when she took office previous year, said the result would be "completely catastrophic" for the party and the PM.

The DUP leader Arlene Foster said a deal has not yet been agreed - but many people are concerned as the party has anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ views.

But Labour said they were the "real winners".

The Tories are now in discussions with Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party, which is strongly opposed to LGBT rights.

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.

While Mrs May said her top ministers would remain in post, she hinted her two close aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill - blamed by many Tory MPs for the party's disastrous campaign - could face the chop.

A protest has taken place in London this evening (June 9) with scores of people speaking out against Theresa May's so-called "coalition of chaos".

In the 2015 general election campaign, DUP health minister Jim Wells resigned amid a controversy about remarks he made about same sex couples. However, with almost all votes counted, the Conservatives are on 315 seats, short of the 326 mark that ensures a majority.

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