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Role of DUP, new partner in United Kingdom government

26 June 2017

The document signed by Mr Williamson and Sir Jeffrey says that the DUP's support in votes which are not covered by the supply and confidence agreement will be agreed "on a case-by-case basis".

The DUP leader said the financial support would be made up of £1bn in new funding over the coming two years, as well as "new flexibility" in nearly £500m already committed to the region. If the parties can not come to an agreement by Thursday, Northern Ireland may be returned to direct rule from London.

The Democratic Unionist Party is a pro-British, largely Protestant party that wants Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

The Northern Ireland party is pledging to vote with Conservatives on two topics that are at the forefront of British politics: national security - particularly in the wake of recent terrorist attacks - and the U.K.'s exit from the European Union.

"We also share the desire to ensure a strong government, able to put through its program and provide for issues like the Brexit negotiations, but also national security issues", May said after the deal was signed.

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As part of the deal, the Conservatives have agreed to keeping the pensions triple lock, and have said there will be no means-testing of the winter fuel allowance for pensioners.

The DUP said that it would back the government in any confidence votes and to pass budgets, as well as supporting it on Brexit-related legislation.

Northern Ireland's political parties are still locked in negotiations to form a semi-autonomous power-sharing executive for the province, almost four months after local elections there.

Speaking outside No. 10 Downing Street on Monday, Arlene Foster, the leader of the DUP, said a deal had finally been reached to protect Theresa May's grip on power.

The ruling Conservative party won 318 seats in the 650-member House of Lords in the June 8 election, falling short of the required majority mark of 326; the DUP won 10 seats.

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"Northern Ireland needs a functioning devolved government at this important time". He said the issue is not funding for Northern Ireland, but that the money has to be allocated under the Barnett rules.

The deal could act as an incentive for Northern Ireland's political parties to return to the country's Parliament after months of deadlock over the power-sharing assembly.

The agreement covers the length of the Parliament but will be reviewed after each session.

Agreement allows the Conservatives to govern despite losing their parliamentary majority.

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