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Theresa May to ask The Queen for permission to form a government with the DUP today

Theresa May will travel to Buckingham Palace this afternoon to ask The Queen for permission to form a government alongside the Democratic Unionist Party.

Mrs May will inform Her Majesty that alongside the Northern Irish party led by Arlene Foster, the Conservative Party can command a majority in the House of Commons and can, therefore, stay on as Prime Minister.

If The Queen accepts Mrs May’s proposition, it will give the Prime Minister a short burst of life, although the Conservative/DUP partnership is not expected to last for more than a year.

This is because even with the DUP’s 10 MP’s, the government will only just have a majority and there will still be major differences on both sides.

This means a General Election is still likely to occur in 2018, and Mrs May’s Premiership might not even last until then with pressure mounting on both sides.

Royal Central will bring you full coverage of The Queen’s meeting with Theresa May from midday on Twitter.

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