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.
“I will now form a government,” May said in a speech outside her official residence at No. 10 Downing Street after meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday. She said that she will work with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and that her government will lead the country forward at a “critical” time.
“What the country needs more than ever is certainty and 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 by commanding a majority in the House of Commons,” she said, using the official name of her party. “As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist party in particular.”
May said that her government would lead the country through upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union, and that she will work to keep the country safe following the recent attacks in London and Manchester. Read more at ABC News.