Tory Deal To Prop Up Theresa May Could Be Signed 'This Week'

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

The leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist party, Arlene Foster, has returned to Westminster sounding optimistic about reaching a deal to prop up Theresa May's minority government.

Mrs Foster will lead a DUP delegation into talks with the Conservative Party this morning.

Mrs Foster says she is determined to get the Northern Ireland Executive back in place as soon as possible, and she is returning to Belfast so those discussions can continue.

Speaking outside 10 Downing St., Foster said the deal delivers a stable United Kingdom government. But Irish Government sources on Sunday said they were "reasonably optimistic" that aside from the Tory-DUP deal the Stormont-based parties could also form their own deal ahead of the June 29th deadline on devolution talks.

"We also share the desire to ensure a strong government, able to put through its program and provide for issues like the Brexit negotiations, but also national security issues", May said.

"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", she said. The Tories lost 13 seats in total and fell short of a majority by eight. With the support of the 10 DUP lawmakers, May would have a majority.

Foster said the funding would "address the unique circumstances" of Northern Ireland. "I believe it is likely to involve a package of support for the Northern Ireland economy.

It will be totally transparent and once we conclude the deal that will happen".

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With the deal appearing to be edging closer to completion over lengthy talks, it was still facing criticism even within the Conservative party.

She also said the Tories had now recognised the case for higher funding in Northern Ireland including for large infrastructure projects.

LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Theresa May forged a deal with a Northern Ireland party Monday that should give her struggling minority government enough votes to get her agenda endorsed, but at a high cost: more than 1 billion pounds in new funds for Northern Ireland and resentment from Britain's other regions.

Former PM Sir John Major warned that a formal association with the DUP could undermine attempts to restore power-sharing government in Northern Ireland while some MPs said the DUP's socially conservative stance on issues such as gay marriage and abortion could damage the party in the longer term.

The money for Northern Ireland also raised questions in England at a time of severe budget shortages.

On the Stormont Estate the five main Stormont parties, assisted by the Irish and British governments are trying to work out the terms for the resumption of power-sharing.

"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.

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