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

DUP backs deal to support Theresa May's minority government

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said the funding would "address the unique circumstances" of Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster says that she struck a deal with Theresa May's Conservatives to support her minority government.

Mrs May and Mrs Foster, along with Damian Green and Nigel Dodds, watched on. They smiled and joked as negotiators from both sides, the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson and the Conservatives' Gavin Williamson signed the deal. "Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years", the prime minister had said earlier in June.

On Monday morning, after nearly two weeks of negotiations, the Prime Minister and Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) signed on an agreement which will see the party back the Conservatives in parliament.

I want to thank the Prime Minister and her negotiating team for the spirit in which these discussions have been conducted.

Under the agreement, about £1bn in "new money" has been earmarked for Northern Ireland, as well as greater flexibility over £500m already allocated to the country.

Ian Blackford, a leader of the Scottish National Party, said his party would do everything possible to make sure Scotland gets "its fair share" under a formula that prescribes how United Kingdom government funds are shared by England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"Clearly, two political parties, we have some differences".

After losing their majority, the Tories have now made a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP to prop up a minority government.

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.

We have reached an outcome that is good for the United Kingdom, good for Northern Ireland and allows our nation to move forward to tackle the challenges ahead. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

The DUP agrees to support the Government in votes in the UK Parliament, in line with this agreement.

As part of the deal, funds will be provided to boost Northern Ireland's economy and offer investment in new infrastructure, health and education.

Despite a petition with 753,244 signatures asking May to not sign a deal with the DUP, she went ahead with it anyway.

The latest deadline set by the British government for the parties in Northern Ireland to reach an agreement is Thursday. Sinn Fein said last week "time is running out" given the lack of knowledge about the impact of any Conservative-DUP deal.


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