UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the Conservative Party’s deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form a minority government goes against the national interest and is aimed at keeping Prime Minister Theresa May in power.
“This Tory-DUP deal is clearly not in the national interest but in May’s party’s interest to help her cling to power,” Corbyn said Monday, shortly after the PM completed the £1 billion deal.
In order to secure the deal, May also agreed to expand Northern Ireland’s tax powers while granting the devolved state £200 million extra per year for two years to pay for new infrastructure and a further £75m per year for boosting broadband.
“The Government must immediately answer two questions: Where is the money for the Tory-DUP deal coming from? And, will all parts of the UK receive the much-needed additional funding that Northern Ireland will get as part of the deal?” Corbyn asked.