THERESA May has formed a government with Northern Ireland’s DUP after losing her overall majority this morning.
Speaking in Downing Street, after a 20-minute meeting with the Queen, May said the move will provide the ‘certainty’ the country needed.
“Having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty,” she said.
“Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.”
The DUP are staunchly against gay marriage and abortion.
The party once appointed climate change denier Sammy Wilson as its environment minister.
Mr Wilson said it was a ‘con’ to suggest humans had changed weather patterns.
Maypromised Brexit talks would go ahead unaffected, but would start in 10 days’ time, to ‘deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union’.
In the wake of the recent terror attacks, she said she would be ‘cracking down on the ideology of Islamist extremism and all those who support it. And giving the police and the authorities the powers they need to keep our country safe’.
She said the government will last for five years.
She is likely to face big challenges in reasserting her authority.
It is the first time a UK prime minister has had to rely on Irish support for a majority since 1910.