Tories hold talks with DUP on government deal

Today there will be talks between Teresa May and the Democratic Unionists, as Tories seek deal to govern.

Theresa May Headshot – Prime Minister of United Kingdom

May will host the DUP in Downing street for a meeting to set out the terms for the backing of her party. Once a deal is sorted, the MPs will return to Westminster next Tuesday.

The Conservative party are now having to rely on support of 10 DUP MPs as they fell eight seats short of winning the overall majority in the election.

May apologised yesterday to her party, and accepted full responsibility for not winning a majority vote and for sacrificing their security as the governing party, saying that she “got the party into this mess” and promised to now “g

et them out” of it.

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP

Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, and her party today will likely focus today on legislative plans for the year ahead, Brexit negotiations (which are due to start next week), as well as the topic of trade and immigration between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Queen’s speech, announcing the new government in meant to take place on the 19th of June, so there is some pressure to make a concrete deal before this date. If not, the date of the speech will have to be pushed back.

Foster has said her party has the interest of the public at heart, although there are several controversial topics that will need to be negotiated with the Conservatives, such as; opposing equal marriage and abortion laws.

There were other plans, like; cutting on winter fuel payments and the removing of the “Triple Lock Guarantee” for pensioners, that may now be unlikely.

Changing government is always an unstable time, and with the up-coming Brexit too, the U.K. is seeing a lot more instability over many industries, as well as the currency. But after today, there should be a clearer idea of what the future U.K. government holds and what plans lie ahead for the rest of the year.

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