The Tory-Lib Dem Agreement: Reading Between the Lines

BY Chris Amico  May 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM EST

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According to the coalition agreement hammered out between Britain’s Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, the new U.K. government will try to set fixed terms for Parliament, maintain the country’s nuclear arsenal, and trim a growing budget deficit.

The full document, released today, details the long list of compromises between the two parties, who don’t share much in terms of ideology but need each other to form a government.

You can read the full document here. Simon Marks, who has been covering the British elections for the NewsHour, has added his notes throughout, detailing who won which battles and what each side is giving up.

We’ll have more on Britain’s new government on Wednesday’s NewsHour.