LONDON (Reuters) – The small Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has said it will vote against May’s draft Brexit deal.
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster speaks, at the DUP annual party conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland November 24, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
If the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) goes ahead with its threat, May would be short of a working majority in the 650-seat parliament: 316 active lawmakers elected as Conservatives would face 313 on the opposition benches plus the 10 DUP lawmakers.
Following is a breakdown of parliament:
320 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Although there are 650 seats in the House of Commons, seven lawmakers from the Northern Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein do not attend, and by convention the speaker and his three deputies do not vote.
So there are 639 lawmakers who are considered to be active, meaning any government needs 320 votes for a simple majority.
CONSERVATIVES = 316
May has 314 active Conservative lawmakers and