UK Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

PM Theresa May chose to call an election to strengthen her hand in talks with the EU on Brexit.   It did not work. The conservative Tory party lost seats.  PM Theresa May struck a deal with the fiercely Protestant  N. Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)  to prop up her government.

The agreement by Northern Ireland’s biggest Protestant party to support British Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government could give the province a greater say in defending its interests in Brexit talks, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Monday.

May struck a deal to prop up her government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) in extra funding for the British province in return for the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

It means the eurosceptic DUP will back Britain’s departure from the European Union amid concerns that Northern Ireland will be the region most vulnerable economically to Brexit because of its close trade links to the Republic of Ireland. The 500 km (312 miles) long border between the two is the UK’s only land border with the EU.  DailyMail

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

In fact not everything is gloom and doom; there are real signs of hope despite a General Election that left confusion and chaos as politicians jostled for power, the Conservatives winning most seats but with no overall majority, and thus in a seemingly weak place for negotiating our exit from the European Union…

Christians had been dismayed as they found themselves having to choose between main parties who had all agreed that sexual ethics – and in particular same-sex marriage – was not an issue. So it seemed that the way was left open to continue running the country on secular-humanist lines, with no thought for the biblical laws that have underpinned our civilization for centuries.

But who would have thought the Conservatives would be forced to “get into bed” with the strongly Christian Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland in order to secure a still wafer-thin overall majority for carrying out planned legislation? The DUP’s ten seats add up to a coalition fractionally more than all the other parties put together. So they will clearly be beholden to their friends from across the Irish Sea, a fact provoking hysteria from many quarters – not least the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who is a lesbian.

It could certainly make for a rough passage for any new un-Christian laws. The DUP is thoroughly opposed to same-sex marriage and, in line with their Bible-believing basis, is also unreservedly pro-Israel…

The fiercely Protestant DUP was founded in 1971 by the Rev Ian Paisley who, when he launched the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group in March 2009, drew a parallel between his own country’s struggles against terrorism and that of Israel’s. And he also prayed for peace in Jerusalem! TimesofIsrael