May and DUP leader Arlene Foster presided over the signing of a deal in Downing Street on Monday.
‘In terms of the Northern Ireland Executive, of course we are determined to see it back in place as soon as possible as well, because we believe we need a strong voice for Northern Ireland when dealing not least with the Brexit issue’.
A Northern Ireland-based party has struck a deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives to support the prime minister in a crucial vote on the government’s legislative package later this week.
But the agreement stated that the DUP will have no involvement in the British government’s role in political talks in Northern Ireland and that both parties would adhere fully to a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.
Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s longest-serving member of Parliament, signing the accord and shaking hands.
Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster says that May agreed to provide 1.5 billion pounds ($1.9 billion) in funding to Northern Ireland without providing further information. May will also abandon Conservative pre-election plans to remove guarantees on the level of state pensions and cut winter-heating subsidies for retirees, she said.
Together with the 317 Tory MPs remaining after Mrs May’s disastrous decision to call a snap election, this will give the Prime Minister just enough MPs to clear the 326 level required for an absolute majority in the House of Commons, ensuring her victory in key divisions.
“I very much hope that this week we will be able to conclude on two agreements”, she said. “Cuts to vital public services must be halted right across the United Kingdom, not just in Northern Ireland”.
“For years the Tories have been cutting budgets and services, but suddenly they have found a magic money tree to help them stay in power”.
Mr Green said the Conservatives “remain as Unionist as we ever have been” but “it is for the people of Northern Ireland to decide on their own government structures”.
May said Monday that she wants to ease anxiety and provide certainty for the many European Union residents inside Britain.
Mrs Foster responded: ‘We’re delighted that we have reached this agreement, which I think works, obviously, for national stability. The current session is due to last for two years, meaning that the Tory-DUP deal is due to be formally reviewed in 2019.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron labelled the Tory-DUP arrangement as a “shoddy little deal”, adding: “While our schools are crumbling and our NHS is in crisis, Theresa May chooses to throw cash at 10 MPs in a grubby attempt to keep her Cabinet squatting in Number 10″.
This morning, Ireland’s church leaders have written to all of the Northern parties, urging them to reach a deal on power sharing. There’s also a promise to protect cash funding for farmers until 2022, underlining the importance of agriculture to the Northern Irish economy.
He told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “We could have, but this deal achieves two things”. “The Conservatives simply had no choice”.