Theresa May has broken the UK’s hung Parliament, forming a minority government in the wake of the General Election.
Mrs May said her Conservative Party would work with the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) to form a majority in the House of Commons, after the Conservatives fell short of achieving the 326 seats needed to govern alone.
The deal would give the Conservative Party 329 seats in parliament.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs May said she had outlined her intentions to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to work with the DUP.
“I will now form a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country,” she said.
She said the Tories and Unionists had strong ties over many years and had confidence they could work together after previously outlining a need for stability following the election.
“It is clear only the Conservative and the Unionist party can provide that stability.”
Mrs May said the new government will navigate through Brexit talks beginning in 10 days and “work to keep our nation safe”.
It comes following a hung Parliament with both the Conservative Party and Labour Party not able to reach the required 326 seats to govern in their own right.
The BBC predicted the Conservative Party would end up with 319 seats, with Labour ending the election on 261.
Mrs May had faced calls to quit, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn claiming after being re-elected in his seat of Islington North Mrs May had lost support.
“If there is a message from tonight’s result, it is this: The Prime Minister called the election she wanted a mandate, the mandate she has got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence,” he said.
However, despite calls for her resignation, Mrs May intends to continue as Conservatives leader.
Mrs May called an early election three years ahead of schedule as an attempt to increase her party’s majority in Parliament ahead of Brexit negotiations with her party well ahead in the polls.
The move lost the Conservatives a majority in parliament.
Mrs May’s Conservative party held a narrow lead over the Labour Party ahead of the election day but all polls suggested the Conservatives would remain in control in Parliament.
The Conservatives held a majority 330 seats in Parliament ahead of the election, compared to Labour’s 220, the Scottish National Party’s 54 seats and Liberal Democrats nine.