DUP agrees £1.5bn deal to support Theresa May's Conservative government

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

Mr McClean, who stood for the Green Party in West Tyrone in the General Election, said: 'I was horrified when I heard that the Government was thinking of getting into bed with the DUP so that it could survive crucial votes in the House of Commons.

"This agreement will operate to deliver a stable government in the United Kingdom's national interest at this vital time", DUP leader Arlene Foster said.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said on Monday it would support Prime Minister Theresa May's government on legislation concerning Britain's exit from the European Union, securing her a slender majority in parliament.

Under a "supply and confidence" arrangement meant to last for the full Parliament, the DUP guarantees that its 10 MPs will vote with the Government on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

Church leaders have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to strike a powersharing deal for the common good.

Despite fears a pact could complicate talks to restore the Northern Ireland Executive, Mrs Foster told Sky News she was confident her party would clinch agreements in Westminster and Stormont.

Concerns have been raised that a Tory-DUP deal could make it harder for a new power sharing deal between unionist and nationalist parties in Northern Ireland to be agreed.

"I very much hope that this week we will be able to conclude on two agreements", she said.

- The only project mentioned is the York Street interchange, a scheme that would replace a junction in Belfast linking three of the busiest roads in Northern Ireland. "So the agreement we have come to is a very, very good one".

Discussions between the two began immediately after the election and centred on a "confidence and supply" deal in which the DUP would support the government in any confidence votes and to pass budgets.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that any sense of fairness was "sacrificed on the altar of grubby DUP deal".

"Now, more than ever, our political leaders both locally and nationally need to work together to find solutions for all of the people we serve", added Mrs Foster.

It is the joint desire of both parties that the elements and provisions of this agreement will play a positive role in the efforts to re-establish devolved government for the benefit of all the people of Northern Ireland.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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