(D)upping the ante

Whitehall is preparing the ground for extending the Conservative-DUP confidence and supply deal beyond its two-year term. We expect to see new measures on things like VAT and Air Passenger Duty, as well as steps to allow the £1bn already agreed to be spent even without a Northern Ireland Executive to officially receive the cheque. The Government’s desire for an ongoing deal with the DUP goes some way to explain why the latter has become more bullish this week.

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