The Conservative party will form a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, having failed to secure the 326 MPs required for an overall majority in the House of Commons.
The Conservatives fell short of a majority in the general election, losing 13 seats, and have now been forced to try to broker a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip stand on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, after addressing the press Friday, June 9, 2017 following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham. Whereas those who were against Brexit previous year split into those who "accept it is happening, so we'd better make a success of it" and those who wish to keep the issue open.
"In the days and week ahead, it is that Union that will be to the forefront of our minds. So whether they can hold a weak leader in place - tactically, as it were - until they are ready to move, I don't know". And thanks to a strong showing in the election, the party has just enough seats to give May the majority she needs to govern. "They (the DUP) are going to support us on the big Brexit, economic and security issues facing this country", he said.
"Spoke with Prime Minister May - indicated my concern that nothing should happen to put Good Friday agreement at risk, and [the] absence of nationalist voice in Westminster", said the Taoiseach.More news: Forza Motorsport 7 Announced Alongside Porsche Partnership
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She continued: "I was there last summer, I made a very big intervention on why Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom where you can not have same sex marriage and it's an issue that is very close to my heart and one that I wanted categoric assurance from the Prime Minister on, and I received".
It would mark a significant, unexpected change in the approach to Brexit and may not have the necessary support within the Conservative Party.
As the results of this extraordinary election were declared, the DUP's Deputy Leader, Nigel Dodds, declared it was "turning into a great night" for his party and for the union between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
"I tell you this, we will absolutely remain part of the European Convention on Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights - we are not walking away from those vital post-war agreements that were made".