DUP Support for Government

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has reached an agreement to support the Conservative Government and has agreed to support the Government in votes in Parliament in line with the agreement.

The agreement is known as the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party.

The DUP agrees to suport the Government on all motions of confidence and on the Queens Speech, the Budget, Finance Bills, Money Bills supply and appropriation legilation and Estimate.

They also agree to support legilation pertaining to the UK’s exit from the EU and legislation pertaining to National Security.

Support on other matters will be agreed on a case by case basis.

Parties have agreed that there will be no change to the Pensions Triple Lock and the Winter Fuel Payment and to meet the NATO commitment to spend 2% of GDP on the Armed Forces.

The DUP will have no involvement in the UK Government’s role in political talks in Northern Ireland.

The agreement will remain in place for the length of the Parliament and can be reviewed by the mutual consent of both parties.

As part of the agreement, the UK Government has agreed to supply extra funding, worth a total £1.0 billion, to the Northern Ireland power-sharing Executive. These funds will be used towards infrastructure projects, helping to provide ultra-fast broadband and Health and Education projects.

Full details can be found in documents available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conservative-and-dup-agreement-and-uk-government-financial-support-for-northern-ireland

Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative Party and the DUP (pdf)

UK Government Financial Support for Northern Ireland (pdf)

The Prime Ministers statement to Parliament on the Confidence and Supplpy Agreement with the DUP can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-statement-on-confidence-and-supply-agreement-with-the-dup

“A Confidence and Supply Agreement has been made between the Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party.

This means the DUP will support the Conservative government on votes on the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

The agreement makes clear that we remain steadfast to our commitments as set out in the Belfast Agreement and its successors, and in governing in the interests of all parts of the community in Northern Ireland.

I welcome this agreement which will enable us to work together in the interest of the whole United Kingdom, give us the certainty we require as we embark on our departure from the European Union, and help us build a stronger and fairer society at home. In the interests of transparency, the full terms of this agreement have been published.

Time is running short for the parties to come together and reach agreement to re-establish a power-sharing Executive by 29 June. I hope the parties will look beyond their differences and come together with a shared sense of common purpose to serve all communities in the best interests of Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland needs a functioning devolved government at this important time.

Her Majesty’s government will continue to do everything we can to work with the parties in Northern Ireland, alongside the Irish government, to bring back a strong voice at Stormont for a positive future for everyone in Northern Ireland.”