May, DUP strike 1 billion pounds deal to prop up minority government

  • May, DUP strike 1 billion pounds deal to prop up minority government

May, DUP strike 1 billion pounds deal to prop up minority government

In his 2014 book "The DUP: From Protest To Power", Tonge found that 54 percent of party supporters "would mind a lot" if someone from their family married a person of another religion and 58.4 percent would not want their child to go to a non-Protestant school.

During discussions, the Conservative Party also recognised the need for higher funding in Northern Ireland given the 'unique history and circumstances over recent decades'.

May and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster presided at the signing of a three-page so called "confidence and supply" deal at Downing Street that is some way short of a more formal coalition agreement. Paisley was an evangelical Protestant who founded the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and led the opposition to the Catholic civil rights movement in Northern Ireland.

Britain's newspapers pounce on Theresa May's billion-pound DUP sweetener.

Mr Kearney claimed the DUP was not prepared to move on republican demands for a stand-alone Irish Language Act, the introduction of same sex marriage in Northern Ireland and the introduction of a specific bill of rights for the region.

A £1 billion deal has been done between Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and the Conservative Party to secure a majority for the government of Theresa May in Parliament.

Ms Sturgeon said that by "ignoring" the Barnett formula, Scotland would lose out on around £2.9 billion for public services while Welsh Government estimates put its loss at £1.67 billion.

May said that the two parties "share many values".

Ms Foster said: "Our aim in these negotiations has been to deliver for all the people of Northern Ireland and the support measures we'll be announcing will be for the benefit of all our people".

May's relying on the DUP to stay in power has been criticised for potentially putting the British government on one side of the power-sharing agreement.

May needs the deal to ensure the survival of her government after a disastrous election that left her Conservative Party without a majority in the House of Commons.

Northern Ireland has a budget of £10 billion a year, so an extra £1 billion given to it over two years means a budget increase of 5%. The DUP has 10 seats in Parliament, enough to guarantee passage of the government's agenda. The £1 billion given to Northern Ireland comes as a block grant and therefore is not part of that formula.

Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd said he is not sure whether a deal can be struck. "(It) flies in the face of the commitment to build a more united country and further weakens the UK".

As part of the deal, the military covenant will be implemented in full in Northern Ireland, meaning more focus on the treatment of military veterans. "The money is going to invest in the people of Northern Ireland".

News that the deal has been confirmed immediately sparked calls for other parts of the United Kingdom to receive a similar boost in funding - and questions were also raised about whether the pact was legally compatible with the government's obligations under the Good Friday Agreement. There will be 100 million pounds over five years for poverty programs and 50 million ($64 million) for mental health programs.

Mrs May has told Irish premier Leo Varadkar the deal with the DUP "makes clear" that Britain remains committed to the Good Friday Agreement and to governing in the interests of "all parts" of the community in Northern Ireland.

"Today we have reached an agreement with the Conservative Party on support for government in parliament", DUP leader Arlene Foster said.