A deal almost reached between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has been thrown into confusion.
May’s office announced on Saturday that the DUP had agreed to support her government on the basis of a “confidence and supply” arrangement in parliament, a development that is due to be discussed in her cabinet on Monday.
“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,” said a Number 10 spokesman.
However, the DUP said last night that talks were still continuing, and that the deal has not been finalized yet.
“Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new parliament,” said the DUP leader, Arlene Foster.