Theresa May’s gamble has failed to pay off. She called a General Election with a slender, but workable majority. She’s come out the other side, short of the seats required to have over half of the House of Commons.
In short, she needs support to be able to confidently table laws in Parliament, which could prove vital for getting Brexit through Parliament.
As she heads to the palace later today, it looks as though she will be calling on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland.
Arlene Foster’s party has won 10 seats, and in the 2017 Stormont assembly elections, were the largest party but unable to form an administration with the Northern Irish parliament still in deadlock.
However, their views have proven to be controversial over the last few years. They have been staunch opponents to same-sex marriage, with the country being the only one in the union not to have passed laws for it.
It’s though that it was one of the sticking points in solving the Stormont deadlock earlier this year.
They have also opposed the liberalisation of the abortion laws, which means Northern Irish women who wish to seek terminations have to travel elsewhere.
The party were also the only Northern Irish party to back Brexit, but so favour a softer Brexit than that mentioned in the rhetoric of the Conservative Party before the election.
With the agreement rumoured to have been made, the next few months in Westminster could still be a bumpy road for the Conservative government.