Week 21 - 04/06/2021

Published on 4 June 2021 at 20:01

UK Signs Post-Brexit Trade Deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

It was announced earlier today that the UK has signed a trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.


The agreement will be a major boost for trade between the four non-EU nations, which is already worth £21.6bn according to UK minister Liz Truss.


She claimed it would boost the digital sector and cut tariffs on UK farm products such as cheese and meat.


Britain is Norway's top trading partner outside the European Union.

The UK government said reduced import tariffs on shrimps, prawns and haddock would cut costs for UK fish processing, will help support jobs in Scotland, East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.


Official Report Does Not Rule Out or Confirm Existence of Aliens

A US government report on sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) found no evidence of alien activity but does not rule it out, officials have told US media.


The review of 120 incidents is expected to conclude that US technology was not involved in most cases.


The report makes no definitive assessments about what the objects might be according to officials.


A declassified version of the report is due to be handed to lawmakers in June.


Pfizer vaccine Approved for 12 to 15-year-old in UK

Britain’s medicines regulator has said it has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech for use on 12 to 15-year-olds, following similar clearances in the US and the EU.


The regulator said it would now be up to the country’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to decide whether to inoculate this age. 


Those aged 12-15 are already receiving the Pfizer shot in the United States, while France and Germany are planning to start offering it to that age group this month.


Britain’s Health and Social Care department said it would provide an update once the JCVI had made its decision.


SF Looks For Reassurance on Irish Language

Sinn Féin has challenged DUP leader Edwin Poots to back up a pledge to legislate on Irish language with action.


Michelle O’Neill made clear that her party saw delivery of legal protections for Irish language speakers as a key pre-requisite for sharing power with the new-look DUP leadership team.


Ms O’Neill declined to confirm whether her party would refuse to re-nominate to the deputy First Minister’s role without a DUP guarantee on the language issue

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