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Who are the DUP?

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the main unionist party in Northern Ireland. It reached a ‘confidence and supply’ Agreement with the Conservative Party after the June 2017 Westminster elections to provide it with a majority in the House of Commons. However, on Brexit, the DUP voted against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement three times, and also against the updated agreement reached by Boris Johnson.

The leader of the DUP, Arlene Foster, is First Minister in the Northern Ireland executive.

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