The DUP leader has confirmed that the party's 10 MPs will be supporting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Westminster if a vote of confidence motion is called.

Speaking to RTÉ News in Belfast, Arlene Foster supported the prime minister's decision to prorogue or suspend parliament, saying he is well within his rights to prioritise setting out his agenda in a Queen's Speech.

Mrs Foster also said the DUP will now concentrate on negotiating a new phase of its confidence and supply agreement with the Conservative Party as the deal in place for the past two years is due for renewal.

She said the party will be looking to build on the arrangement that delivered £1 billion in extra funding for Northern Ireland and included measures that protected pension provisions throughout the UK.

Mrs Foster said the confidence and supply negotiations provide an opportunity "to bring Northern Ireland to the fore again".

Asked whether she believes a British general election is now more likely, she said "we don't know … it's certainly not a given that if the prime minister's opponents bring forward a vote of confidence that they would win because there are those in Labour who want to see this government to continue and therefore you shouldn't take anything for granted."

She said her party continues to support a sensible Brexit as opposed to a hard one.


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