Theresa May Confirms Deal With DUP To Form U.K. Government

May will remain as Prime Minister after forming government with the aid of the Northern Irish party.

June 09, 2017
Theresa May Confirms Deal With DUP To Form U.K. Government Theresa May on June 9, 2017 in Maidenhead, England.   Matt Cardy/Getty

Theresa May will stay on as Prime Minister of the U.K. after striking a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists Party. This unofficial coalition came after the Conservatives failed to gain a majority in an election that ended with a hung parliament.

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May visited the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace around 12:30 p.m. BST on Friday to gain permission to form this government, having worked overnight to strike a deal with the DUP. With 10 seats in the general election, the DUP was able to help the Conservative party make the 324 seats needed for a majority in parliament.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street this morning, May said the Conservative party and the DUP will work together, having "enjoyed a strong relationship over many years." A short speech that ignored the Conservative losses in the election ended with May saying it was time to "get to work."

Prior to May's meeting with the Queen, a DUP told The Guardian: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, we will ensure there’s a Tory PM.”

Both Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, meanwhile, had called for May to resign following the election result.

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