Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have came to an agreement – a “confidence and supply” deal – with the Conservative Party which will form the basis of Theresa May’s minority government.
A spokesman for No. 10 Downing Street stated the following:
“We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week.”
This deal is not a formal coalition, but an agreement that agrees the DUP’s support, but also allows the Northern Ireland party the choice of not supporting any Conservative Party proposals it does not agree with. However, if they choose to side with Theresa May – which seems likely as the Tories’ Queen’s Speech and budget will need to be announced shortly – they will gift her a majority of 328 to the opposition’s total of 322, which will allow the proposals to pass through Parliament with ease.
In return for this, the DUP will see a few of the policies in their manifesto being put through Parliament in return for their support.
This deal will come into force when Parliament returns on Monday.