British Prime Minister Theresa May will likely keep her job despite her party losing its majority in a snap election that’s left the United Kingdom in political turmoil.
May’s Conservative Party failed to reach the 326-seat majority to hold the House of Commons, but early Friday reached a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form a coalition.
The move isn’t uncommon in England: Conservatives took the same approach with another political wing to take control of Parliament in 2010.
But this time around, Britain is entering the contentious negotiations to leave the European Union — known as Brexit — and grappling with a wave of terror attacks throughout the country.
May, who’s slated to meet with Queen Elizabeth Friday to form a new government, insisted she’d stay in her job despite calls for to resign after taking the job 11 months ago.
The Prime Minister called for the surprise election in April in a bid to strengthen her majority as Brexit talks began. But the results coming in Thursday night indicated a surprise showing by the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn.
DUP members — who mostly hail from Northern Ireland and won 10 seats — were shook by the idea of Corbyn becoming Prime Minister, sources told The Guardian.
“We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, we will ensure there’s a Tory PM,” a DUP source told the newspaper, using the official name for the Conservative Party.
Party leaders were particularly upset with Corbyn and other Labour leaders’ past support of Sinn Fein — a party with past ties to the IRA. Thursday’s surprise results set off political chaos in the nation, whose citizens voted last June to leave the EU after a heated campaign.
Along with the lengthy Brexit process, the U.K. has also dealt with multiple terror attacks in the last few months — most recently Saturday’s attack at London Bridge that killed eight people.
Corbyn and other Labour leaders, during the waning days of the campaign, questioned May’s ability to handle the attacks.