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Government concede parliamentary approval needed for DUP/Conservative funding deal

Related Member(s):
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot) QC, Sarah Hannett, Anita Davies

The Government have conceded that parliamentary approval is needed for DUP/Conservative funding deal, after a challenge from Gina Miller and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

Challenged by the campaigner Gina Miller about the legal basis for releasing the funds, which have not yet been made available, the Treasury solicitor, who heads the Government Legal Department, said it “will have appropriate parliamentary authorisation”, adding: “No timetable has been set for the making of such payments.”

Replying to a legal letter from Miller and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), Jonathan Jones said the government intends to use “long-established procedures, under which central government requests the grant of money by the House of Commons” in order to pay out the funds it promised the DUP in the controversial agreement in June.”

Aidan O’Neill QC, Sarah Hannett and Anita Davies were involved in this case.

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