Democratic Unionist Party could prop up the Tories in new coalition government

Ebony Scott
June 11, 2017

Despite DUP party leader Arlene Foster warning it would be hard for Mrs May to remain prime minister, discussions are going on behind the scenes.

The British Prime Minister had to scramble for cover by immediately running to the northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party to seek a deal which would not only keep the conservatives in government, but indeed keep her as Prime Minister and head of the party.

Indeed, the prospect of a "hard" Brexit, by which the United Kingdom leaves with no deal, has shrunk with the Conservative majority, as it's a likely "red line" for the Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish lawmakers May has turned to for support in Westminster.

"We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative government on a confidence and supply basis when parliament returns next week", a government spokesman said.

May, of course, put herself in this bad position by being a truly awful political operator who got her comeuppance when Labour came roaring up on her in the last weeks of the campaign, and then succeeded well enough in the election to force her to ally herself with the dog's breakfast party in Ulster. And thanks to a strong showing in the election, the party has just enough seats to give May the majority she needs to govern. The DUP has 10 MPs and their support gets the Conservatives over the line. These would be likely to include increases in funding for Northern Ireland.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's office dismissed as "simply wrong" a report suggesting he was lining up a leadership bid. Peter Robinson, for example, who was DUP leader and Northern Ireland's first minister until a year ago, was an active member of Ulster Resistance.

It said the campaign failed to get "Theresa's positive plan for the future across" or "notice the surge in Labour support, because modern campaigning techniques require ever-narrower targeting of specific voters, and we were not talking to the people who made a decision to vote for Labour".

Being a pro-union party, the joining up of forces may affect May's hopes for achieving a hard Brexit.

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"We want a situation where the best deal is arranged for Northern Ireland".

Because the DUP are a party that only stand for election in Northern Ireland, you may not have heard of them unless you live there.

A deal between the government and the DUP could also unsettle the precarious balance between Northern Ireland's British loyalist and Irish nationalist parties. "If the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes", May said.

The strongly conservative DUP is also implacably opposed to abortion.

The leader of the DUP, #Arlene Foster quickly emerged, promising to collaborate with the Conservative party in an effort to strengthen Britain.

The Conservatives remained the largest party but fell short of the 326 seats required to secure a majority government.

Many believe the results of 2017 general elections will also impact Britain's exit from the 27-nation bloc as the main reason behind calling for sudden elections was to strength May hands in the Parliament so as to negotiate with Brussels and pass necessary legislation. "Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster are now the most significant figures in Brexit talks on the island of Ireland".

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