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That all of this is happening at a time when confidence in democracy is in decline and destructive populism is on the rise is no coincidence. 2  Disruptive change contributes to economic and cultural anxieties, particularly when entire industries are under threat, and when new economic models unexpectedly shift the balance of power and influence between groups. Coupled with the ability to reach and enrage huge numbers of people online, it’s no surprise that populists across the West are enjoying a resurgence, and that liberal democracy is under strain. The siren call of the populists – America first, take back control – is undeniably more effective in an environment where too many people feel disoriented and left behind.

If a consensus can be reached on key divorce issues, the EU Parliament could give negotiators from both sides the green light to begin discussing trade. 

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