Theresa May says she’ll ‘reflect on what we need to do to take the party forward’
Theresa May has said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists to guide the UK through crucial Brexit talks.
Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the “legitimacy” to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority.
Later, she said she “obviously wanted a different result” and felt “sorry” for colleagues who lost their seats.
But Labour said they were the “real winners”.
The Lib Dems said Mrs May should be “ashamed” of carrying on.
The Tories needed 326 seats to win another majority but they fell short and must rely on the DUP to continue to rule.
In a short statement outside Downing Street after an audience with the Queen, Mrs May said she would join with her DUP “friends” to “get to work” on Brexit.
Referring to the “strong relationship” she had with the DUP but giving little detail of how their arrangement might work, she said she intended to form a government which could “provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country”.
“Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years,” she said.
“And this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.”
It is thought Mrs May will seek some kind of informal arrangement with the DUP that could see it “lend” its support to the Tories on a vote-by-vote basis, known as “confidence and supply”.
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