The election that changed the course of Brexit
Westminster 2017
in Breaking peace
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This chapter focuses on the aftermath of the Westminster General Election of 8 June 2017, the hung parliament that resulted and the ‘confidence-and-supply’ deal negotiated between the Conservative Party government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on 26 June 2017.

The General Election was called by the new Prime Minister Theresa May to help mandate her leadership and provide the parliamentary arithmetic to help steer Brexit through the political and legislative process. It was also called because the overwhelming message from the opinion polls was that the Conservative Party would win a landslide victory against the embattled leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. The result left Theresa May clinging to office with a minority government. The subsequent confidence-and-supply agreement with the DUP kept her in power but changed the dynamics of Brexit significantly, both in terms of how the negotiations proceeded within GB, but also in terms of Northern Ireland politics.

The chapter examines how the General Election and the Conservative Party deal with the DUP had a corrosive impact on political relationships in Northern Ireland and on the appetite of the main parties to restore devolved institutions to Northern Ireland that could operate effectively.

Breaking peace

Brexit and Northern Ireland


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