Despite a bruising election result for her Conservative Party, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has sought permission from the queen to form a new government on Friday.
She will continue as party leader and prime minister despite calls for her to resign. Addressing the media on Friday afternoon, she said that her Conservative party will align itself closely with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party in order to form a government that can ensure certainty for the British people.
"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over the many years," May said at Downing Street moments after meeting with the queen.
"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 the ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons," she said.
With the bulk of seats declared in the General Election, no party gained a clear majority but the Conservatives swiftly contacted the Northern Ireland-based Democratic Unionist Party and