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By Shanta Acharya The newly elected leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of the UK, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, has pledged to leave the European Union on 31 October 2019, ‘do or die’, if a free trade agreement cannot be reached by then. The ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ Theresa May, his predecessor, brokered was thrice rejected by Parliament. For Boris Johnson, this agreement is beyond resurrection unless the ‘backstop’, an insurance plan to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and its southern neighbor, is removed. The EU has…

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Confluence February 2017 issue

  Click here to read Confluence February 2017 issue Every crisis yields an opportunity Two major events that took place during 2016 in Europe and in America are still dominating the headlines. Britain’s decision to leave the European union and the future of UK-Europe relations is causing huge uncertainties re likely economic challenges in the coming years. In our editorial in last November issue we expressed concern for the welfare of refugees fleeing from many war-ravaged countries including Syria. The presidential election held in America proved to be very controversial and it…

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