After travelling to the Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II following the General Election results, British Prime Minster Theresa May yesterday announced she was going to form a government, despite not securing a majority in the snap election, news agency reports said.
May's party took the most parliamentary seats - 318 - in the UK's snap election that she called in April, but it failed to secure enough support to form a majority government, falling short of the required 326 parliamentary seats.
May said she'll work with her "friends in the DUP in the "interests of the whole UK".
The Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, did much better than most forecasters predicted, and has 261 seats at last count. May wanted to strengthen her hand in the imminent divorce talks with the EU. The EU's chief negotiator said the bloc's stance on Brexit and the timetable for the talks are clear. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger that the negotiations will turn out badly for both sides". "Let's put our minds together on striking a deal", said Michel Barnier.
Experts say the resulting hung parliament will lead to a period of political uncertainty and could throw Brexit negotiations - due to start 19 June - into disarray.
The BBC claimed that even though the Prime Minister now has fewer seats than when she called the election, she had no immediate plans to stand down. What they are saying "I'm afraid we ran a pretty terrible campaign", - *Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry, who called on Theresa May to "consider her position".
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Mrs May has faced calls to quit from within her own party, with Anna Soubry saying she should consider her position after a "disastrous" campaign and Nigel Evans saying "things needs to change" in her dealings with the party.
While always striving for the "best deal" for Northern Ireland and its people, she said her party would always have the best interests of the United Kingdom at heart.
In the late stages of the campaign, Britain was hit by two Islamist militant attacks that killed 30 people in Manchester and London, temporarily shifting the focus onto security issues. This did not help May, who, in her previous role as interior miniser for six years, had overseen cuts in the number of police officers.
Analysis suggested Labour had benefited from a strong turnout among young voters. "What tonight is about is the rejection of Theresa May's version of extreme Brexit", - Keir Starmer, Labour's Brexit policy chief.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Sturgeon should take the prospect of a new independence referendum off the table.