Tories and DUP set to face legal challenge as deal nears
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 16:29
While the details are still to be thrashed out, a deal is considered likely.
But it did include a part that appears to be a direct comment on the Conservatives working with the controversial Northern Ireland party.
The unnamed DUP source who spoke to the Press Association said officials within the Northern Ireland Office are urging caution on a deal because of concerns the government could compromise its status as an honest broker in peace process talks.
A senior Conservative source declined to comment on BBC reports that the DUP is demanding £1 billion investment in the health service in Northern Ireland and a similar figure for infrastructure projects in return for a "confidence and supply" deal.
In some ways this is accurate - violence has dissipated and political parties from different sides of the conflict have successfully shared power for much of the last two decades.
Not only has the Tories' defeat in the recent British snap election caused anger and disaffection against Prime Minister Theresa May among the party, her decision to seek a partnership with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (DUP) to form a coalition government has also sparked widespread controversy.
The comments came after the DUP warned that Prime Minister Theresa May can not take them for granted.
The unionist party said talks to provide a confidence and supply arrangement had not progressed "as expected".
The Treasury is also horrified by the DUP's demand for air passenger duty to be scrapped, at the cost of many tens of millions of pounds a year.
After the negative response to plans in the Tory manifesto to make pensioners pay for social care by selling their homes after they died, the Speech promised only a consultation on proposals which will be brought forward to improve social care.
The speech is expected to set out a raft of new laws needed to implement Brexit, plans to strengthen counter-terrorism powers and a series of bills created to reform Britain's infrastructure and economy in preparation for life after the EU.
The Tories and the DUP remain "miles apart" on key elements of a deal to shore up Theresa May's minority government a DUP source has said, even as the new Parliament is already up and running.
Queen Elizabeth said on Wednesday the priority for Prime Minister Theresa May's government was to secure the best possible Brexit deal for Britain and that it would seek to win the widest possible consensus on the European Union exit terms.
DUP sources on Tuesday signaled that negotiations over a workable parliamentary majority that will support Mrs.
- Queen Elizabeth II goes to parliament Wednesday to outline the government's legislative program with far less pageantry than usual in a speech expected to be dominated by Britain's plans for leaving the European Union.