From Power Sharing to Power being Shared Out

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The recent UK election has thrown up a number of surprises. One is the monumental mistake that Theresa May made in thinking a snap election would see her gain a large majority and thus legitimacy for a ‘hard Brexit’. The second, and related, is that her failure to secure enough MPs has left the Conservatives in need of securing support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party for a minority Conservative government in London. This has ramifications not just for UK politics, but is an unexpected and potentially destabilising issue in the negotiations to form a power-sharing executive in Belfast which have been ongoing since March this year.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationGreen European Journal
Publication statusPublished - 06 Jul 2017


  • Northern Ireland
  • Westminster elections 2017
  • Democratic Unionist Party
  • Sinn Fein
  • power sharing
  • Brexit; EU; Northern Ireland; Peace

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