LONDON, June 9 - Prime Minister Theresa May�s gamble of calling snap polls spectacularly backfired today with the British electorate delivering a hung Parliament and forcing her to seek the support of a small Northern Irish party for staying in power, as the country braces for hard Brexit talks.
May, jolted by the electoral setback, however, remained defiant to calls for her resignation and asserted that she would form a government with the informal backing of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
�I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen, and I will now form a government � a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country,� a grim-faced May said in a statement delivered outside 10 Downing Street.
May (60) said the two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and she believes that they would be able to work together in the interest of the country.
�This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country � securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long-term prosperity. That is what the people voted for last June. That is what we will deliver. Now let�s get to work,� she said. � PTI