UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party
UK leader May strikes tentative deal with N Ireland party
The UK uses the first-past-the-post system to elect MPs
12 June, 2017, 14:39
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.
"Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together, in the interests of the whole United Kingdom", she added.
The Tories needed 326 seats to win another majority but they fell short and must rely on the DUP to continue to rule.
Negotiations should be led by a government and a Prime Minister that will be in place for the duration, and so we call for a delay to the scheduled start of negotiations rather than a rush to begin in 11 days' time.
The author of the 'Stop the DUP & TORIES forming a Minority Government!' petition, writing under the pen name Winston Churchill, called the proposed alliance "a disgusting, desperate attempt to stay in power".
Downing Street said the Northern Ireland party had given an "outline agreement" approval in principle, throwing a lifeline to the Tories, but the DUP responded by saying talks were "ongoing".
DUP leader Arlene Foster has refused to give premature promises, noting that she has always found it quite hard to work with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The DUP now has 10 seats in this election - up from eight in the 2015 vote.
According to the Telegraph, Former Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells said he and other DUP members of the Northern Irish Assembly would split from the party if it ever relaxed its opposition to marriage equality.
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