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General Election June 2017: the aftermath

Publication date:

14 June 2017

Last updated:

22 September 2017

Short paper outlining how the outcome of the General Election is likely to impact on the Government's forthcoming legislative programme.   

The Prime Minister called the snap General Election on the premise of securing a personal mandate for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Yet although returned as the largest party, the Conservatives were short of an overall majority (requiring at least 326 out of 650 seats) in the House of Commons - resulting in what is known as a 'Hung Parliament'.

Shortly after the final results were counted the Prime Minister announced that she would seek to form a minority administration with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), who with 10 seats in the Commons would help secure the Conservatives a majority government.  It is understood that the two parties will not enter into a formal coalition agreement, but will instead seek to join in a more informal 'confidence and supply' arrangement - where the DUP agrees at minimum to support the Conservatives on its Budget and during any other votes in which other political parties propose to bring it down, in exchange for a part in government. 

This short paper summarises the likely implications of a fragile DUP supported Conservative majority in the House of Commons for Brexit negotiations, and for the content of the forthcoming Queen's Speech and legislative programme.


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