UK Election Thread

Well. This was certainly not the result I was expecting: The Tories lost their majority, and no other party won a majority. Which, in a parliamentary system, typically means that the leader of the largest opposition party would form a governing coalition with another minority party. There was some hope that Labour could emerge with a coalition with the Scottish National Party, the Lib Dems, and/or other smaller lefty parties. Instead:
Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will allow her to form a government, sources have confirmed.

The prime minister is expected to see the Queen at about 12.30pm on Friday to confirm that a deal is in place.

It follows extensive talks with the DUP late into the night. Party figures say they have been driven on by their dismay at the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

...A DUP source said: "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."

...The DUP's "price" for propping up a new Tory government will include a promise that there will be no post-Brexit special status for Northern Ireland, the party's leader in Westminster has confirmed.
The DUP is a very conservative party in Northern Ireland, and its largest party. They are pro-Brexit, anti-LGBT, and anti-abortion. So, in short, everything is terrible.

That's just the broadest snapshot. I invite and encourage British Shakers to share their perspectives in comments. Or, you know, just scream with rage and frustration. Whatever you need.

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