Theresa May Makes Deal With Northern Ireland Democratic Party

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams

The coalition deal with enable the government to get the Queen's speech passed in parliament next week.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the deal included financial support on top of nearly £500 million previously committed to Northern Ireland.

Now, the 10 DUP MPs will support the Conservatives in key Commons decisions and votes.

DUP leaders had previously said that an agreement with the Conservatives will offer stable British government.

A deal between the Conservative Party and the DUP has allocated £1bn worth of funding for Northern Ireland, including £400m for the York Street Interchange Project. The ad-hoc deal with the DUP is not, as of yet, being considered as spending that would lead to consequential funding implications for Scotland, England, or Wales.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones described the £1bn payment as a "straight bung to keep a weak Prime Minister and a faltering Government in office".

And the SNP's leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, said the deal showed Scotland is "seemingly to be offered little more than scraps from the table".

But Councillor Joy Squires, who stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate in the region at the election earlier this month, said: "This is a grubby deal created to help Theresa May cling to power".


"It provides a blank check for a Tory Brexit, which threatens the Good Friday Agreement".

Enda Kenny, Ireland's former prime minister, has cautioned that a deal with the Protestant and pro-British DUP could upset Northern Ireland's fragile peace.

A confidence and supply agreement is where a party or independent members of parliament will support the Government in motions of confidence and appropriation or supply votes, by either voting in favour or abstaining.

LABOUR'S candidate at the general election has questioned the value of the Conservative's DUP deal for Thurrock residents. Both parties had agreed there will be no change to the pensions triple lock and the universal nature of the winter fuel payment across the United Kingdom, things May had planned to change in her election manifesto but later dropped.

It means the eurosceptic DUP will back Britain's departure from the European Union amid concerns that Northern Ireland will be the region most vulnerable economically to Brexit because of its close trade links to the Republic of Ireland.

Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski said: "My attitude is we needed to secure an agreement with them to have a sensible, small majority to pass legislation through".

The DUP and Sinn Fein have been holding talks at Stormont in attempts to restore power-sharing, with negotiators working into the night on Monday.

Turning to the situation in Northern Ireland, the prime minister added: 'Time is running short for the parties to come together and reach agreement to re-establish a powersharing Executive by June 29.

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