British and Irish ministers have met for an inter-governmental conference in London for the first time in over a decade on Wednesday. The last time they met to discuss their affairs of state was in 2007 in Dundalk, County Louth, where the Democratic Unionist Party decided to share their power with Sinn Fein at Stormont. It has been over a year since the Stormont power-sharing initiative disintegrated.
The government have announced they are scrapping the cap in public sector wages, with around one million workers set to receive a pay rise. The cap, introduced in 2010, was part of David Cameron’s attempts to reduce the budget deficit and imposed a pay freeze on all public-sector workers earning over £21,000 a year. Police officers, teachers, and healthcare workers all stand to benefit from the wage increase that is set to be the largest public sector increase in a decade.
US and EU agree to work towards a ‘zero tariff’ trade deal. Despite recent bad blood between US President Donald Trump and EU leaders, it seems both sides are willing to work towards a free trade arrangement. The US President claimed that America and the EU will work towards such an arrangement on ‘non-auto industrial goods’.
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Republican state representative Jason Spencer has said he will resign following his appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America’ series. In the show, Cohen convinced the state representative that he was running an anti-terror class and persuaded Mr Spencer to bare his buttocks to ward off Islamic terrorists who feared homosexuality. Spencer also repeatedly shouted the N-word during the show as a way of attracting attention in the event of an attempted kidnapping.
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