Mun­dell says Bar­nett rules would ap­ply if DUP wins boost from No10

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS

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’

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