Robert Brett Taylor: The West Lothian Question, EVEL and the 2017 General Election

UK Constitutional Law Association

Despite losing their majority in the general election on 9th June, the Conservative Party remains the largest party in the Commons.  Consequently, Theresa May is seeking to form a minority government with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and is currently in talks with them to finalise a ‘confidence and supply’ agreement.  Such an agreement, if it is reached, will require the DUP’s 10 MPs to support the Conservatives on key votes, giving the Government a total of 328 seats and a slim working majority of 2.  At this time, it is unclear what the DUP will ask for in return for their support, although any agreement is expected to be published.

The prospect of a minority Conservative government propped up by the DUP has already raised serious constitutional and political concerns.  Because Theresa May lost her majority, but has nevertheless insisted that she will carry on…

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