The DUP is about to completely denounce the confidence and supply agreement – and repeatedly refuses to take part in important budget votes. This publication is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/conservative-and-dup-agreement-and-uk-government-financial-support-for-northern-ireland/agreement-between-the-conservative-and-unionist-party-and-the-democratic-unionist-party-on-support-for-the-government-in-parliament McClean learned of the duP/Tory legal challenge through contacts and was zealous in his re-ed. “I was very strong in favour of the Good Friday agreement. It was historic and marginalised the [political] extremes to give us a fresh start in Northern Ireland. Women affected by the riots, a period of violence that lasted more than three decades in Northern Ireland before the negotiation of a peace agreement in 1998, bear witness to their experience. In October 2014, the Financial Times reported that informal discussions had taken place between the Conservatives and the DUP before the 2015 parliamentary elections, which were widely expected to result in a distanced Parliament.   The DUP had also offered conditional support to the Labour Party if it became the largest party.  The 2015 elections resulted in a conservative majority and no public agreement was reached with the DUP. The early elections of 2017 resulted in a distancing Parliament, with the Conservative Party returning the largest number of seats in the House of Commons, with 317 Conservative MPs, but without a total majority required to secure a government majority (326 seats out of 650). The DUP, which won 10 seats in the election (its best result to date at Westminster), hinted that it would be able to create a coalition or a confidence and supply agreement based on the negotiations.  On 9 June 2017, Theresa May, the current Conservative Prime Minister, announced her intention to form a new minority government with the support of the DUP, whom she described as “friends and allies”.
 First, both sides suggested that this support would take the form of a confidence and supply agreement, with the DUP supporting a Conservative Queen`s speech and some other elements of the government`s legislative agenda. However, on the afternoon of 10 June, Robert Peston indicated that May intended to “conclude a formal coalition agreement, contrary to the less formal confidence and supply agreement” after sending a team of officials led by Chief Whip Gavin Williamson to negotiate a deal in Belfast.  Nevertheless, it was announced late in the evening that the DUP had so far only approved the principles of a “confidence” agreement with the Conservatives, which was to be reviewed by the cabinet on 12 June.  The Irish government, led by outgoing Prime Minister Enda Kenny, has expressed concern that a parliamentary agreement between a British government and the DUP could jeopardize the peace process in Northern Ireland, a view also expressed by Gerry Adams and Gerry Kelly, Labour`s Yvette Cooper and former Downing Street communications director Alastair Campbell.    However, this view was rejected by the Conservative leadership and former Foreign Minister for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, as well as by former Labour Minister Caroline Flint, who suggested that Gordon Brown may have sought an agreement with the DUP in 2010.   David Trimble, Conservative Prime Minister of the UUP of Northern Ireland, called the allegations that an agreement would jeopardize the peace process “scaremongering”.  On 13 June, former Conservative Prime Minister John Major May publicly called for the DUP to govern without the support of the DUP and not reach an agreement, on the grounds that an agreement could “harm” the “fragile” peace process in Northern Ireland, indicating that the government must remain “impartial”.   Major himself had an agreement with the Unionist MPs of the UUP when he was in power and during the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, but not with the DUP, the dux and social-conservative.
 On June 15, Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin met with Theresa May and told her that he thought she was violating the Good Friday agreement.  This was disputed by one of the UUP negotiators for the