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27 minutes ago, Slartibartfast said:

Apparently the brexit talks have "started on the right foot", according to the BBC.

..............then the UK took one step back.

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govt had wanted parallel trade negotiations -that won't happen-but David Davies says discussing citizens rights first is consistent with govt approach

 

 

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Final word on the GE - the DUP's price! B)

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There will be £1.5bn in funding - consisting of £1bn of new money and £500m of previously announced funds - to be spent over the next two years on infrastructure, health and education in Northern Ireland, money Mrs Foster said was needed to address the challenges from Northern Ireland's "unique history".

As part of the deal, the military covenant will be implemented in full in Northern Ireland, meaning more focus on the treatment of military veterans, while the triple lock guarantee of at least a 2.5% rise in the state pension each year, and winter fuel payments, will be maintained throughout the UK.

Other key points of the agreement include:

  • The DUP will support the Tories on all Brexit and security legislation
  • The UK's 2% Nato defence spending target will continue to be met
  • Cash support for farmers will remain at current levels until the next election
  • Both parties to adhere to commitments in Good Friday Agreement
  • No Irish border poll without "consent of the people"

Mrs May shook hands with DUP leader Arlene Foster as she and other senior party figures arrived at Downing Street on Monday to finalise the pact. The two leaders then watched as Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson and his DUP counterpart Jeffrey Donaldson signed the documents in No 10.

Speaking outside Downing Street, Mrs Foster said the agreement would bring stability to the UK government as it embarked on the Brexit process,

"This agreement will operate to deliver a stable :jerrry government in the United Kingdom's national interest at this vital time," she said.

Welcoming the additional funding for Northern Ireland, she said it would benefit all communities. "Following our discussions the Conservative Party has recognised the case for higher funding in Northern Ireland, given our unique history and indeed circumstances over recent decades."

 

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...............or maybe not.

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But Downing Street said the money will not be subject to the Barnett formula.

Last week, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he was "not going to agree to anything that could be construed as back-door funding to Northern Ireland".

Mr Mundell told BBC Scotland: "I certainly won't support funding which is deliberately sought to subvert the Barnett rules.

"We have clear rules about funding of different parts of the United Kingdom. If the funding falls within Barnett consequentials, it should come to Scotland."

Going by Collective Cabinet Responsibility Mundell should now resign.

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Cabinet collective responsibility is a constitutional convention in governments using the Westminster System that members of the cabinet must publicly support all governmental decisions made in Cabinet, even if they do not privately agree with them. This support includes voting for the government in the legislature.

 

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Guest TPAFKATS

Seems there is a magic money tree after all, just not for the NHS, social care, police, fire service etc.

Interesting to see how they work out Barnett Consequentials for Wales & Scotland based on extra money now getting spent on Northern Ireland.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, TPAFKATS said:

Seems there is a magic money tree after all, just not for the NHS, social care, police, fire service etc.

Interesting to see how they work out Barnett Consequentials for Wales & Scotland based on extra money now getting spent on Northern Ireland.

 

 

I was sure You'd be less politically naïve than that. TS!  :)

 

There's nae wey that the working-oot sheets are gaunie be published...

 

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I was sure You'd be less politically naïve than that. TS! 
 
There's nae wey that the working-oot sheets are gaunie be published...
 


Mundell said much the same as me just yesterday. Today he was missing and not doing interviews.

Politically naive in not realising the magic tree is an orange tree

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Grubby grasping deal. Ffs even watching May during the signing you just know the shittiest steamer has now hit the Tory fan.
Utterly disgraceful political machinations of the lowest order.
Just shows that the electorate are mere fodder to be ignored and are of no consequence.
Necks that blow torches couldn't mark, thats politicians for you, in the main, a right grubby lot.
Once more the honest working Tax payer is sold right down the river, again. All this to bolster a lost majority resulting from basic governmental incompetence.

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