The DUP did more than just abstain in one of the votes this evening on the Tories’ budget, as they had threatened – they voted with the Labour Party in a vote Labour lost by just five votes.
The Tories’ ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement lies in shreds.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries summed up the situation in words that will have run chills down the Establishment’s spine:
There are only two outcomes to this mess, a new PM or a general election. Thanks to the disasterous [sic] ‘17 election – another TM calamity – No 10 does not hold the winning cards
Labour also recognised the significance, with Jon Trickett commenting that the UK ‘no longer [has] a functioning government… something’s got to give’:
Unsurprisingly, so far the BBC News channel has made no mention of this development.
Update: at 10.13 pm in the main 10pm news programme, well over an hour after the DUP voted against the government, Laura Kuenssberg only mentioned the party abstaining.
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