Negotiations over a potential alliance between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party are "going well", the Northern Irish party's leader has said.
DUP leader Arlene Foster attended Downing Street for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May earlier today, with the Tories hoping to secure a "confidence and supply" deal.
This would commit the DUP's 10 MPs to backing the Conservatives on critical votes like Budget matters and the Queen's speech.
In a short statement issued after meeting May, Foster said: "Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion."
City A.M. understands that talks have relocated to the Palace of Westminster to accommodate the swearing in ceremony for the speaker of the House of Commons.
Discussions are going well with the government and we hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion.— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) June 13, 2017
It comes after former Conservative Prime Minister John Major cautioned against a deal, warning of the implications for the Northern Irish peace process.