Tory-DUP £1bn payment needs parliament's approval after Gina Miller challenge

Release of cash promised by Theresa May in deal to prop up her minority government will have ‘appropriate parliamentary authorisation’

Parliament will need to approve the release of £1bn in funding for Northern Ireland promised to the Democratic Unionist party by Theresa May to secure its support after the general election, the government has conceded.

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.”

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