Northern Ireland deadline looms as Westminster votes on Queen's Speech

Posted June 30, 2017

However, the distraction of that London negotiation has left the DUP playing catch-up in Stormont talks, and tomorrow's deadline for a deal is in doubt. Without the smaller party's 10 votes, the Conservatives would fall short of a needed majority.

Theresa May and the Conservative party have agreed to an extra £1 billion in funding for Northern Ireland over the next two years, as part of their "confidence and supply" agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Northern Ireland is still without a government after the DUP and Sinn Fein failed to strike a power sharing deal.

'In terms of the Northern Ireland Executive, of course we are determined to see it back in place as soon as possible as well, because we believe we need a strong voice for Northern Ireland when dealing not least with the Brexit issue'.

He said: "It can't be translated into anything unless there's an executive to allocate those funds in political decision on where they might go. It's the nature of politics".

May shook hands with DUP Foster as she and other senior party figures arrived at Downing Street today to finalise the pact.

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The public will not be DUPed by this shoddy little deal.

But Councillor Joy Squires, who stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate in the region at the election earlier this month, said: "This is a grubby deal created to help Theresa May cling to power".

"In Northern Ireland, despite the increase in the availability of superfast broadband and mobile services, challenges remain". Their social policies aren't even social on abortion and gay rights. I think in the issues they have raised they are doing what any MP would want to do to fight for their constituents.

"The DUP will support the Conservative government on votes on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security", May said. He said "Barnett rules will ensure the appropriate funding comes to Scotland".

Alan Smith, Labour leader of Allerdale Council, criticised the deal and Mrs May for clinging onto power at any cost. The DUP deal, and its £1bn price tag, has delayed that day for a time, but it has done no more than delay it. "The UK government will therefore contribute £75m per year for two years to help provide ultra-fast broadband for Northern Ireland".