Nicola Sturgeon will OFFICIALLY DISPUTE Conservative/DUP deal

It has been confirmed that Nicola Sturgeon is set to open a FORMAL DISPUTE over the deal that has been agreed between Theresa May’s Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Although it remains to be seen whether or not the dispute could have any sort of impact, it is yet another attempt by Sturgeon to fight against Mrs May’s plan to bring stability back to Westminster and continue to push Britain towards the best possible Brexit deal.

This Tory/DUP is potentially the only realistic way that Theresa May will be able to retain enough of a majority in the House of Commons to pass laws and therefore form a workable government, and so in many ways it is not surprising that Sturgeon is prepared to capitalise on any possible opportunity to throw a spanner in the works.

The dispute itself was discussed during a meeting of Sturgeon’s cabinet, and her spokesperson said that a ‘dispute resolution mechanism’ would be raised through the Joint Ministerial Council – this is the organisation that is responsible for dealing with relations between Westminster and the devolved UK administrations.

Officially, the first step of the dispute will be a letter sent by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay to the Chief Secretary of the Treasury Liz Truss.

“As well as writing to the Treasury today it is likely the Scottish Government will be invoking the UK Government with a view to invoking the dispute resolution mechanism under the JMC process,” the spokesman said.

“Cabinet expressed its displeasure at the nature of the deal with the DUP, which would appear to be a gross breach of established principles of devolution.”

The Scottish Secretary David Mundell has already made it clear that he will not support any kind of Conservative/DUP deal that looks to get around the rules of the Barnett Formula, which is the official mechanism for deciding how much money is allocated by the UK government to each devolved nation’s administration.

The quoted £1 billion payment directly to Northern Ireland as part of the deal is thought to be a driving force behind this dispute.

Additionally, a spokesperson for Nicola Sturgeon added: “In terms of Scottish Secretary’s position, it is for David Mundell to reconcile previous statements with what has happened.

“But on the face of it they are completely and fundamentally at odds. So really the Scottish Secretary has to make a public statement about how is previous statements can be squared with what has happened.”

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