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.
The 2017 General Election has ended in a Hung Parliament, with the Conservative Party losing their majority, but still remaining the largest party with 318 seats (with 649 out of 650 seats declared).
This is one result that no one could have predicted when Theresa May first called the election on the 18th of April. The Conservative Party had a hefty lead over the Labour Party in the first week, as much as 25% in one poll, but that lead slowly dwindled as the weeks progressed.
Prime Minister Theresa May is officially starting the process to leave the European Union by setting a date in which Article 50 will be submitted: Wednesday March 29th.
There have been a series of debates regarding the subject, with legal challenges derailing the process, along with various MPs blocking the Article 50 bill in Parliament. All of this, however, has caused Theresa May’s government to continue to persevere, and ultimately prepare – after it passed through Parliament – the date in which the process of leaving the EU will begin.
The SNP leader – Nicola Sturgeon – has announced that because of the Brexit process, it was innevitable that this would happen. The referendum will coincide with the apparent completion of the current negotiations between the UK and the EU.
In a historic day, Trudy Harrison of the Conservative party has won the Copeland by-election seat, beating Labour’s Gillian Troughton by 13,748 votes to 11,601. This unexpected turn of events is certainly a boost for Theresa May’s Conservative party, and another let down for the Labour party, who have represented the seat for more than 80 years.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU chief, has stated in a speech to the Belgian Federal Parliament that Brexit will not come “at a discount or at zero cost”, implying that the UK could have to pay the EU up to £51bn pounds after Brexit talks begin – this is to cover the amount Britian had agreed to spend, but will no longer do so as Britian will no longer be a member of the European Union.