A PACT has been reached between Theresa May´s Conservative party and the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland which will see the DUP support May´s party in key votes in the House of Commons.
The agreement states that the DUP will back the Tories with Brexit and security legislation, the UK will continue to spend the 2% on defence in line with NATO rules and both parties agree to support the Good Friday Agreement. Most importantly for May is that she now has command over a majority in the House of Commons to prop up her party.
As part of the arrangement the DUP have secured an additional one billion pounds in funding for Northern Ireland which will be spent on healthcare, investing infrastructure and education. DUP Arlene Foster defends this extra money as necessary because of Northern Ireland´s “unique history”.
Widespread criticism has erupted quickly with suggestions that the Conservative Party has essentially bought 10 MPs at the cost of 100 million each.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has vocalised his concerns that Theresa May has simply thrown money at Northern Ireland in a bid to cling to power whilst ignoring the rest of the United Kingdom who will remain on the same levels of investment.
Ian Blackford, an MP for the SNP, described the agreement as a “grubby deal” whilst Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn denounced the agreement as “clearly not in the national interest”.
Criticism of the DUP has been prevalent since the early predictions that they would be required to prop up Tory over their creationist views, regressive stance on LGBT rights and anti-abortion beliefs.