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DUP agrees principles of 'outline agreement' to support Conservatives in government

The DUP will be supporting the Conservatives on a on a confidence and supply basis.

File photo dated 25/7/2016 of Arlene Foster (left), leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
File photo dated 25/7/2016 of Arlene Foster (left), leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
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THE DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST Party has agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support Theresa May’s Conservatives in government, Downing Street has confirmed.

May needs the support of the DUP in order to secure a parliamentary majority following her party’s disastrous general election result.

A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that the DUP had agreed “to the principles of an outline agreement”.

“We can confirm that the Democratic Unionist Party have agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support the Conservative Government on a confidence and supply basis when Parliament returns next week,” the spokesperson said.

‘We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond.

The details will be put forward for discussion and agreement at a Cabinet meeting on Monday.

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