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.
DUP figures insist their relationship with May’s team has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.
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.”
Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister is just too horrible to contemplate. Take the politics of Bernie Sanders (only with a little more Marxism), the moral integrity of Donald Trump and the likeability of Hillary Clinton, roll it up into a single foul package and you have Jeremy Corbyn.