UK PM May strikes deal with Irish Unionists to shore up her government

After two weeks of dickering, UK Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday with the biggest party in northern Ireland for enabling her minority government to pass the state budget, its legislative agenda and approve its strategy for Brexit negotiations, It cost her at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) in extra funding for Northern Ireland, a raise in pensions annually by at least 2.5 percent and universal winter fuel payments for the elderly. May comes out of the deal with an extra 10 lawmakers for supporting her party’s 318 votes in the 650-seat parliament.

 

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