U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she will lead a minority government backed by a small Northern Irish party after Thursday's stunning election defeat that cost her Conservative Party its majority.
A visibly shaken Theresa May apologised to her fellow Conservatives for a devastating electoral blow that has her on the back foot, forcing her into a loose governing alliance just 10 days before Brexit negotiations start.
May had called the snap election with a view to increasing the narrow majority she had inherited from her predecessor David Cameron.
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Democratic Unionist Party leader Nigel Dodds (left) celebrates.
Merkel went on to say she hoped the United Kingdom would remain a good partner. It seemed many UKIP supporters deserted the party and voted instead for Conservatives or Labour.
The DUP was founded in the 1970s by the late firebrand preacher Ian Paisley, and in the 1980s was a key player in the "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which unsuccessfully fought against the legalization of gay sex.More news: Islamic State threatens attacks in Saudi Arabia
DUP leader Arlene Foster may seek concessions from May in exchange for providing the needed seats.
The DUP's 10 MPs would be enough to give her a working majority in the new parliament - particularly as Sinn Fein have confirmed that their seven MPs will not be taking their seats. The party is against any move from London to involve the Republic of Ireland in Northern Ireland's affairs.
The Green Party warned that a Conservative government propped up by the DUP would be a "coalition of chaos". According to official results, the Conservative Party received 318 seats, the Labour Party came second with 262 seats, and the Scottish National Party is third with 35 seats.
Yesterday, May declared her intention to lead a government with the support of the Northern Ireland MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - describing the tie-up as a government of "certainty".
However, she has made the mistake of forming the government and then going to the DUP, which in negotiating terms says to the other side of the table "we need you more than you need us".
UNCERTAINTY is gripping Britain after any of its parties failed to grab majority in the general election.