Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

DUP to support minority Tory government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

DUP to support minority Tory government after 'confidence and supply' deal reached

He was also a backer of Brexit, and lost to May in the 2015 Tory leadership election.

The moves buy May a temporary reprieve.

May's office said Saturday that the Democratic Unionist Party, which has 10 seats in Parliament, had agreed to a "confidence and supply" arrangement with the government.

Previous Conservative governments have relied on Ulster unionist votes, but this is the first time a formal deal has been done with the DUP.

She also reiterated that she would seek a reciprocal agreement early in the talks on rights of European Union and British citizens, Downing Street said.

Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, replaces joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.

Some senior Tories had made the removal of Hill and Timothy a condition for continuing to support May, who has vowed to remain prime minister.

The win took Labour's tally to 262 MPs as Jeremy Corbyn's party soared to a 40% share of the popular vote. But the trouble with that was that Labour probably would have won that election.

The Conservative Party, which has governed since 2015, had hoped to get a larger majority for the Conservatives to strengthen the position of the United Kingdom in the "Brexit negotiations" but the results have dismayed them.

"The alternative to doing so is another general election and I don't think that's what anyone wants right now, although there may be one well before five years". The Conservatives sought, as they have done this time, a 'who governs Britain?' mandate.

"It was a disaster", he said.

But Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell told ITV's Peston on Sunday that full single market membership was not "on the table" and would be seen by voters as not respecting the referendum result.

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The decision was taken after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel , meeting. In October, Patel cut rates even though a majority of economists were expecting him to stand pat.

On Brexit, Mr Corbyn said he wants a "jobs-first Brexit" negotiated as quickly as possible along with guaranteeing the post-Brexit rights of European Union nationals living in the UK. On Sunday, YouGov rushed out a poll which showed 48% saying May should go and 38% saying she should stay.

Earlier, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said a DUP/Tory agreement would "not necessarily" undermine the Northern Ireland peace process.

It added that "the logic leading to Mrs".

The sense of uncertainty was compounded on Saturday night by conflicting messages from Downing Street.

She said: "I was fairly straightforward with her (Mrs May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party". Former Conservative cabinet minister Owen Paterson, asked about her future, said: "Let's see how it pans out".

The arrangement with the DUP will make governing easier, but it makes some Conservatives uneasy.

The party was founded in 1971 by the Rev. Ian Paisley - a firebrand preacher from the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. As a result, Northern Ireland still doesn't have equal marriage - unlike all of its neighbours Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic.

Disturbingly, the party has strong historical links to Loyalist paramilitary groups - in particular the terrorist group Ulster Resistance, which was founded by people who ended up becoming prominent DUP politicians.

And the British government sends money to Northern Ireland.

The last count of the election saw Labour overturn a 7,000 majority in Kensington, London, where Emma Dent Coad saw off Tory incumbent Victoria Borwick by just 20 votes after a third recount.

As Mrs May clings on to power, there is disquiet within her party about the link-up with the DUP, which opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

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