Post-Brexit Europe

If EU doesn’t strike a deal by June, we will walk away from EU-UK talks with ‘No Deal Brexit’, warns Prime Minister Johnson

London/Brussels: The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson issued a stern warning to the European Union (EU) that ‘If the EU does not give us a deal on Canada and appropriate indications on related matters, Britain will step out of negotiations with the bloc.’ A detailed proposal was presented in the British Parliament on the points it would prioritize during discussions with the EU. While speaking on the matter, Prime Minister Johnson warned the EU and his close aides have indicated that Britain was willing to walk away with a No Deal Brexit. The EU Spokesperson said that the bloc had taken Johnson’s threat seriously and that they were closely following Britain’s moves.

At the end of last month, on 31st Jan, the UK stepped out of the EU. After that, both sides are debating the prospect of the relations they would maintain hereon. Also, statements released from both sides are consistently aggressive, which are indicative of sharp clashes sparking off between them. France had earlier warned that the scuffle on future relations between the UK and the EU would turn unpleasant and unbearable where both sides would ‘rip each other apart.’

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Post-Brexit, PM Johnson announces ‘Integrated Review’ of UK foreign & defence policy, the biggest such overhaul since Cold War

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an ambitious plan to decide the British position post-Brexit on the international level. ‘The United Kingdom has to keep abreast with the world changing at a rapid pace. It thus becomes necessary for the UK to draw up foreign policy, keeping in view the national interests of today and upcoming decades. Also, adopting and using new technology is imperative.’

For the first time since the Cold War, the British government will be making a comprehensive assessment of the foreign, defence, security and development policies. The plan has been named as the ‘Integrated Review’ separate administrative officers, and a task force will be appointed for the purpose. Even though a combined assessment of the foreign policy was carried out in the past, it only involved the defence ministry. However, considering Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made preparations to draw up a comprehensive policy for the present and future of defence, foreign relations, internal security and development which has been named as the ‘Integrated Review’.

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EU divide resurfaces over funding gap €75 bn in EU budget generated by Brexit

Brussels: Since the confirmation of Brexit, a divide has resurfaced between the members of the European Union (EU). Severe differences erupted between the EU members during the bloc’s meeting in Brussels for the finalisation of the budget. The differences prove the emptiness of EU’s claims on all of its members working in unison after the Brexit. At the same time, the EU and its members are believed likely to experience the UK’s absence on various issues soon.

EU has long-term budget for the bloc from 2014 to 2020. It, therefore, becomes imperative to have a new budget and a framework for the period starting from 2021. The EU has tabled the budget with provisions of €1.09 trillion for the 2021-2027 period. The UK’s share is of about €75 billion although the country will not be contributing the amount as it has stepped out of the bloc.

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The UK and EU will be ripped apart in the Brexit fight, warns France

Munich/London: France issued a warning that although the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, the future conflicts over the bilateral relations will prove to be disastrous and unbearable and this will shatter both the sides. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Foreign Minister, while issuing this warning during a meeting held in Munich, warned that the United Kingdom must keep in mind that this conflict will not end any time soon. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asserted that the Brexit process will be completed before the end of 2020 and has demanded an agreement on the lines of Canada.

The United Kingdom officially exited from the European Union on 31st January 2020. Thereafter, the period up to 31st December 2020 has been defined as the Transition period. During this period, agreements will be signed between the United Kingdom and the European Union, regarding the future relations between the two, which include varied issued including trade. Both the sides seem to have adopted an aggressive stance even before starting discussions on these issues.

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The UK indicates introducing stringent laws to combat terrorism; legal experts and human rights groups condemn

London: The UK indicates to make the law against terrorism, more aggressive against the backdrop of a terrorist attack that happened on Sunday. Thus, it is being proposed that the criminals who are held in prison on the charges of terrorism will not be let out unless they complete two third period of their sentence. At the same time, they also warned to implement the ‘Control Orders’ to keep the terrorist on bail in detention. However, this proposal, which is being forwarded by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is being strongly opposed by the Legal experts and Human Rights groups.

On Sunday, 02 February, 20-year-old Sudesh Mamur Faraz Amman, a terrorist, attacked in the ‘Streatham’ area of London with a knife. Three people were seriously injured while the attack was going on. Faraz Amman was killed in action taken by London police. Amman, a supporter of ‘ISIS’ was released from the prison last week only. Last year, two people got killed in the attack by terrorist Usman Khan on the London bridge. Terrorist Usman Khan was also released from the prison with the help of judicial procedures.

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Also see : At Munich Security Conference, US asks Europe to oppose China’s wrong policies

Munich: ‘Under President Xi’s rule, the Chinese Communist Party is heading even faster and further in the wrong direction. More internal repression; more predatory economic practices; more heavy-handedness; and, most concerning for me, a more aggressive military posture. It is essential that we, as an international community, wake up to the challenges presented by China’s manipulation of the long-standing international rules-based order,’ said US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper as he warned the European countries to distance themselves from the Chinese policies and assistance.

An international security meeting is underway in the German city of Munich and leaders, officials as also experts from countries around the globe are participating in it. US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and senior senator Lindsey Graham are representing the United States at the conference. All these leaders presented the anti-China stand aggressively in their addresses at the Munich Security Conference. Of these, Esper and Pompeo’s statements were significant.

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US practices nuclear attack on Russia, crushingly criticises Russia

Omaha: US defence headquarters Pentagon, under the leadership of US Secretary for Defence Mark Esper, conducted an exercise, which included the launch of a nuclear strike against Russia. The United States has warned through the exercise that if Russia attacked the US allies in Europe, the United States would launch a nuclear attack against Russia, to safeguard its interests. Russia criticised that there are people with a mental imbalance, working in the Pentagon.

As per the information given by a senior Pentagon official, a tabletop exercise was conducted in the US Strategic Command headquarters at Nebraska. A picture had been created that the situation in Europe had gone out of hand. In this scenario, The United States practised a nuclear strike against Russia in case Russia launched a nuclear strike on any of the NATO members.

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