Role of DUP, new partner in UK government

Role of DUP, new partner in UK government

Role of DUP, new partner in UK government

The Democratic Unionist Party has given U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May enough votes to form a government, signing a "confidence and supply" agreement to back May's Conservatives in confidence votes and on key economic issues.

Lib Dem health spokeswoman Layla Moran said: "When it comes to the Tories clinging to power, it seems the magic money tree does exist after all".

If the feuding main parties can not agree to form a semi-autonomous government in Belfast by 4:00pm (1500 GMT) Thursday, then the province will instead be fully governed from London. "If it (the deal with May) empowers the DUP, if it emboldens the DUP then to do what they should be doing then, yes that would be something very, very positive".

"Corbyn's offer sounds superficially appealing until you remember that these were the same policies that led to the average French youngster being four times more likely to be unemployed than the average Brit".

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, who is facilitating the talks, said the parties needed to find a resolution.

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May met with DUP leader Arlene Foster this morning to finalise the pact, agreeing to spend an extra £1 billion on Northern Ireland over the next two years while also offering "new flexibilities" for £500 million of previously committed funding.

Under the agreement, Northern Ireland will receive an extra £1.0 billion (1.1 billion euros, $1.3 billion) from the state over two years.

British lawmakers are seeking additional funding for the police and security services after recent extremist attacks, as well as more and better public housing following a high-rise apartment fire that killed at least 79 people.

May was forced to seek their support after her Conservative Party's majority was wiped out in an election earlier this month.

After years of deep austerity in Britain, and with further cuts planned, the deal has sparked an angry response in other parts of the United Kingdom.

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As part of the deal, money will be earmarked to address a bottleneck between three busy roads in Northern Ireland, and to open up "new opportunities for growth and connectivity" in digital infrastructure.

However, the formula is non-binding and is based on replicating levels of spending seen in England, across the rest of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, rather than the other way around.

Northern Ireland's other political parties have also objected to any kind of 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.

"I think not, no", Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said when asked if the deal in London had influenced progress in Belfast to revive the power-sharing executive that collapsed in January.

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