Mundell says Barnett rules would apply if DUP wins boost from No10
David Mundell has set up a clash with Downing Street by insisting Scotland will see a windfall from any deal with the Democratic Unionist Party that involves extra cash for Northern Ireland.
Number 10 sources have suggested that a deal to secure support for the minority Conservative administration would not necessarily trigger the Barnett Formula, even if Northern Ireland is given additional funding.
The DUP has denied reports that the party has asked for up to £2 billion in extra investment in infrastructure in the province in exchange for their ten House of Commons votes.
But the Scottish Secretary insisted the deal with the DUP would be “totally transparent” and would not bypass the Barnett Formula.
“The Barnett Formula is to Scotland’s advantage,” Mr Mundell said. “I’m not going to do anything to prejudice that. Any funding that goes to Northern Ireland, then Barnett rules will ensure the appropriate funding comes to Scotland.”
He added: “I’m not going to agree to anything that could be construed as back-door funding to Northern Ireland.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford yesterday said he would challenge the 13 Scottish Tory MPS to fight for additional funding for Scotland.
“I’ll be saying to all the Tory MPS that have been elected, stand with us to make sure that we stand up for Scotland.”
0 David Mundell said the DUP deal would be ‘transparent’