The agreement struck by May stated that the DUP will have no involvement in the British government’s role in political talks in Northern Ireland and that both parties would adhere fully to the peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.
The arrangement comes after lengthy negotiations which began on June 9 when the PM said she would “work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party” to ensure the Government could get its business through Parliament.
DUP MPs are now each worth more than football star Cristiano Ronaldo following their deal with the Tories, it has been claimed.
“The UK Government’s deal prioritises expenditure on Northern Ireland at the cost of all other parts of the UK and leaves Scotland nearly £3bn worse off than it would be if funding had been allocated using the well-established arrangements”.
Of course, the DUP has engaged in a power-sharing deal (of sorts) in Westminster too.
She downplayed policy differences between her party and the more socially conservative DUP, which opposes abortion and same-sex marriage but the complicated process of removing Britain from the European Union.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was in Belfast Monday as part of negotiations aimed at restoring a power-sharing alliance between the DUP and Sinn Fein almost four months after local elections in Northern Ireland.
A victims’ umbrella group has decribed the Tory-DUP deal unveiled today as “bland and limited”. The last agreement, between the DUP and Sein Fein, collapsed after a green energy scheme went wrong.
A “confidence and supply” agreement between the Tories and the Northern Irish party was reached just days ahead of Wednesday’s crucial vote on the Queen’s speech.
“However, we are in the position where we do not hold a clear majority so it is right that we continue to work with our friends and allies such as those in the Democratic Unionist Party”.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the agreement suits May’s wish to stay in power but does little for the country.
She said the extra money would be spent on infrastructure, health and education, benefitting the whole of Northern Ireland, after concerns voiced by Sinn Fein.
“It sees us now in a situation where thanks to the pretty calamitous decisions of two Conservative prime ministers, we’re in one hell of a mess“, he told reporters.