DUP backs deal to support minority Conservative government

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

With the support of the 10 DUP lawmakers, May would have a majority if all her lawmakers support her.

Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government got a semblance of stability on Monday after the Conservative party reached a coalition deal with the Northern Ireland-based Democratic Unionist Party, despite reservations over London's neutrality in the trouble-torn region.

The Tory-DUP deal includes an extra 1 billion pound ($1.3 billion) funding for Northern Ireland over two years, and concessions on issues such as pensions and keeping defence spending at 2% of GDP.

After the Good Friday agreement in 1998 put an end to the decades of violence known as "The Troubles", Paisley mended fences with his Catholic opponents and eventually served as first minister of the power-sharing government.

The Northern Ireland party is pledging to vote with Conservatives on two topics that are at the forefront of British politics: national security - particularly in the wake of recent terrorist attacks - and the U.K.'s exit from the European Union.

Foster said the details of the deal with Conservatives will be published.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said Monday that the terms of a deal will be "totally transparent".

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The DUP has agreed to support the Tory government in passing the Queen's Speech and the Budget - which is the remit of a traditional confidence and supply arrangement - as well as legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

In addition, due to the importance of agriculture to Northern Ireland, May has promised to make agriculture a "central policy area" during the Brexit negotiations.

Foster told Sky News that "we will be able to finalize the agreement between ourselves and the Conservative Party".

"It would be better for the people of Northern Ireland for the DUP to buckle down and focus on the talks process to restore devolved Executive at Stormont, to bring the political stability that is needed for inward investment and growth, rather than demanding cash injections from the Treasury".

Foster said: 'Today we have reached an agreement with the Conservative Party on support for government in parliament.

"I hope the parties will look beyond their differences and come together with a shared sense of common goal to serve all communities in the best interests of Northern Ireland", May said in a statement.

The controversial pact with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party comes after May ended up losing her parliamentary majority in an election earlier this month that she had called to boost her support for Brexit talks.

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