Theresa May Deal with Democratic Party
Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionists that will enable her to form a government, sources have affirmed. The PM is relied upon to see the Queen at around 12.30pm on Friday to confirm that a deal is in place.
It takes after extensive talks with the DUP late into the night. Party figures say they have been driven on by their alarm at the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.
DUP figures demand their association with May’s group has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.
A DUP source stated: “We want there to be a government. We have worked well with May. The alternative is intolerable. For as long as Corbyn leads Labor, we will ensure there’s a Tory PM.”
There has been no decision yet on whether there will be a formal coalition between the Conservatives and the DUP or if they will operate on a “confidence and supply” plan – whereby the unionists would support a minority government on vital matters in return for some of their policies being enacted.
It has been reported that the two parties do not believe it necessary to enter a formal coalition to govern.
Senior DUP figures claim they moved quickly to form an agreement to stop any chance of Corbyn entering No 10 because of his and John McDonnell’s past support for Sinn Féin and the IRA.
“The two parties [Labor and DUP] have worked well together for two years. There’s no reason to suppose they won’t continue to do so in future. But the point made time after time to Labor MPs remains: for as long as you allow yourselves to be led by an IRA cheerleader, you exclude yourselves from entering No 10,” said a DUP source.
The DUP’s “cost” for propping up new Tory government will incorporate a guarantee that there will be no post-Brexit unique status for Northern Ireland, the party’s leader in Westminster has confirmed.
Nigel Dodds, re-chosen as MP for Belfast North, said that among the DUP’s conditions would be a request that there be no different arrangement that keeps the locale with one foot still in the EU.
The DUP fears that special status after Brexit – a key demand of Sinn Féin – would de-couple Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
The party will return to the House of Commons with 10 seats and in all likelihood will only support a Tory administration, Dodds said.
With one eye on the Brexit transactions that start inside the following 10 to 11 days, Dodds stated: “There are special circumstances in Northern Ireland and we will try to make sure these are recognized. As regards demands for special status within the European Union, no. Because that would create tariffs and barriers between Northern Ireland and our single biggest market, which is the rest of the United Kingdom.
“While we will focus on the special circumstances, geography and certain industries of Northern Ireland we will be pressing that home very strongly. Special status, however, within the European Union is a nonsense. Dublin doesn’t support it. Brussels doesn’t support it. The member states of the EU would never dream of it because it would open the door to a Pandora’s box of independence movements of all sorts. The only people who mentioned this are Sinn Féin.”
The DUP sponsored Brexit in a year age’s EU referendum campaign and regards as sacrosanct the overall UK decision to leave.
Sinn Féin has contended that because the Northern Ireland electorate voted by 56% to stay inside Europe a year ago and the region will be the only one with a post-Brexit land border with the EU, the area should have special designated status.
When gotten some information about what type of arrangement the DUP would consider, Dodds discounted taking clerical seats in another Conservative-led cabinet. Or maybe, the DUP is probably going to back the Tories in confidence motions and support Conservative budgets.
“No, I am not thinking in those terms, I have to say,” Dodds said when asked in regard to taking a bureau situate before kidding that he might want to be secretary of state for Northern Ireland.
Sinn Féin was the other major winner in the local general election battle, winning seven seats and wiping out its patriot match the SDLP, which lost each of the three of its Westminster seats.
Nonetheless, Corbyn would not have the capacity to depend on the support of the seven Sinn Féin MPs as the party will proceed with its historical policy of boycotting Westminster.
Late on Thursday night, Gerry Adams, the Sinn Féin president, said his MPs would not be heading off to the House of Commons.
A senior Sinn Féin representative later told there “wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell” of the party discarding its abstentionism with respect to Westminster.