Ms. Theresa May’s Brexit deal will not return to the House of Commons this coming week unless it has support from the Northern Irish Party, the DUP, and Tory MPs, according to the British Finance Minister, Mr. Hammond.
The British Prime Minister’s plan may be voted on for a third time in the coming days. However, Mr. Hammond told the BBC that it would only be put to MPs if “enough of our colleagues and the DUP are prepared to support it”.
He did not rule out a financial settlement for Northern Ireland if the DUP backed the deal.
The DUP party, which has just 10 MPs in the House of Commons, received £1 billion as part of a confidence and supply agreement with the Tories after the last election – giving the government a working majority. Mr Hammond said they did not have the numbers “yet” to secure Mrs May’s deal, adding: “It is a work in progress”.
Paying cash for votes is bribery, and nothing else. No political party has the right to use taxpayers’ money to secure a majority in their Parliament.
Bribery is usually recognised in most developed countries as a crime!
The most recent Finnish government has used the similar tactics to secure a majority in Parliament by working with a group of nationalist politicians who decided to split off from the True Finns. This group of around 18 MP’s never had more than a 2% support from the polls after they split and joined the government. If there had been elections after jumping ship in 2017, only one or two of them would have been elected. That meant that this last government had what can best be described as a fake majority.
The similarities between Finland and the UK stop there – we are not that crazy to want to leave the EU…