- Ex Treasury official Nick Macpherson said the DUP would be ‘back for more’
- The intervention came as Michael Fallon defended the deal a ‘small price to pay’
- The Tories signed a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP yesterday
- In return an extra £1billion will be poured into the coffers of the NI Executive
Nick Macpherson, a former permanent secretary at the Treasury, warned the party founded by Ian Paisley would demand more cash ‘again and again’.
The ‘confidence and supply’ deal, which will see the 10 DUP MPs back Mrs May on crucial legislation, was agreed yesterday after weeks of wrangling.
But it will reviewed in two years time and then at the end of each parliamentary session – likely two more full reviews of the deal.
In addition, a Tory-DUP committee will negotiate week by week on measures not included in the agreement.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon defended the deal as a ‘small price to pay today’ and rejected claims that the £1billion agreement was a ‘bung’.
In other developments, the Scottish Government was poised to make a formal complaint about the deal, alleging it breached rules on allocating spending to the nations and regions.
The Tory and DUP chief whips signed the deal in Downing Street as Theresa May and Arlene Foster looked on. Pictured left to right, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds, Mrs Foster, DUP chief whip Jeffrey Donaldson, Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson, Mrs May, First Secretary of State Damian Green
Nick Macpherson, a former permanent secretary at the Treasury, warned the party founded by Ian Paisley would demand more cash ‘again and again’
The warning from former Treasury chief Mr Macpherson came as the detail of the deal revealed it will reviewed in two years time
Lord Macpherson warned: ‘£1billion for Ulster is just a downpayment. DUP will be back for more… again and again.
‘They have previous in such matters.’