May party strikes power deal with Ireland’s DUP

London, Monday British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives struck a deal Monday with the Democratic Unionist Party that will allow ...

Britain’s Conservative party leader and Prime Minister Theresa May (right) and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (left) look on as DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson (left) signs paperwork with Britain’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, and Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson in Downing Street, central London yesterday. Photo/AFP

London, Monday

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives struck a deal Monday with the Democratic Unionist Party that will allow them to govern despite losing their majority in a general election this month.

The agreement with the ultra-conservative Northern Irish party was signed in May’s Downing Street office after more than two weeks of negotiations following her disastrous showing in the June 8 general election.

Under the terms of the deal, Northern Ireland will receive an extra £1.0 billion (1.1 billion euros, $1.3 billion) from the state over two years in exchange for DUP supporting May’s Conservatives.

The Conservatives have 317 seats in the 650-seat parliament after the election and need the support of the DUP’s 10 MPs to be able to govern. The deal with the DUP will prove controversial because of the party’s opposition to gay marriage and abortion and concern that an agreement could upset the fragile balance of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

The deal is a “confidence and supply agreement”, meaning that the DUP will only guarantee to support the Conservatives in confidence and budget votes.

For any other measures support would be on a vote-by-vote basis, the text of the agreement said. “I welcome this agreement which will enable us to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom,” May said in a statement. -AFP

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