N Ireland party signs deals to support UK Conservative gov't

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party Monday that is created to give her minority government enough support in Parliament to endorse her legislative agenda later this week.

In furtherance of these arrangements, the Government and the DUP will work together to ensure the necessary support can be established by both parties to fulfil these arrangements.

Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, and Conservative chief May looked on as their two parties signed an agreement in Downing Street on Monday that will offer the vital support of the DUP's 10 MPs.

The main feature of the coalition is that the government will give Northern Ireland an £1 billion over the next two years.

"This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest but in May's party's interest to help her cling to power".

Northern Ireland's other political parties also have objected to a Conservative alliance with the DUP, as it jeopardizes the government's pledge to be a neutral arbiter as part of the Good Friday agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian strife.

Ms. Foster said the extra money would be spent on infrastructure, health and education, benefiting the whole of Northern Ireland after concerns voiced by the republican Sinn Fein party, the DUP's rivals.

London law firm Edwin Coe is claiming any agreement is "unlawful" because it "compromises the Government's independence and breaches the reasonable expectation of the citizens of Northern Ireland, including Mr McClean, that the Government will act with rigorous impartiality".

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May announced a pact with the Democratic Unionist Party on Monday that will see the Northern Irish party side with the embattled Tories on key votes, the BBC reported.

"We're delighted that we have reached this agreement, which I think works, obviously, for national stability", Foster said.

This may be uncharted territory for Foster and her party, but the former solicitor and veteran Northern Ireland assembly member is well versed in tough negotiations, and is no stranger to adversity. The leader of a Northern Ireland-based party is in Londo.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker said that under the agreement, the DUP will receive a $1.3bn fiscal package. People in Northern Ireland voted to defend our position in Europe, we will not quietly acquiesce to a Tory Brexit.

The DUP agrees to support the Government on all motions of confidence; and on the Queen's speech; the Budget; finance bills; money bills, supply and appropriation legislation and Estimates.

Other features of the agreement include a shared commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence and guaranteed funding for agriculture in Northern Ireland after Brexit. With the support of the 10 DUP lawmakers, May would have a majority.

The DUP will have no involvement in the UK Government's role in political talks in Northern Ireland.

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