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Following the inconclusive results in the United Kingdom General Election held on the 8 June 2017, it was announced by Downing Street on the 10 June 2017 that the Conservative Party had come to an agreement in principle for a 'confidence and supply' deal with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland to support a Conservative government.
However, detailed negotiations in the following days to formalise an agreement before a delayed Queen's Speech on the 21 June 2017 were said to be complex and inconclusive.
Nevertheless, on the 26 June 2017 A Confidence and Supply Agreement was announced between the Conservative and Unionist Party and the (Northern Ireland) Democratic Unionist Party. This meant that the DUP would support the Conservative minority government on votes on the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.
In return, there would be £1bn extra for Northern Ireland over the next two years.
Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said the deal was 'clearly not in the national interest'. Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams said it enabled a 'Tory Brexit which threatens the Good Friday Agreement'.
The agreement also prompted calls for matching public investment in Wales and Scotland from politicians from those countries. In a News Release from the two governments issued on the 19 July 2017 it was said that 'The Welsh and Scottish Governments have begun the formal dispute resolution process with the UK Government over their right to receive consequential funding as a result of the Prime Minister’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party'.
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