Global Affairs

Brexit: How to have one's cake and eat it too

Despite Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes, it is likely that the British Parliament won't be able to agree on terms for Brexit. This leaves the future of the UK in the hands of the Europeans.

LONDON • Plenty of experts have been willing to predict the damage that will be inflicted on Britain once the country leaves the European Union (EU). But few - if any of these same experts - ever factored into their predictions the sheer mayhem and confusion unleashed by this event.

After three years of painstaking diplomatic negotiations and with just 12 working days left before Britain is scheduled to cease being an EU member state, no treaties have been ratified, little legislation has been put in place and literally nothing is known about the procedures or the conditions that will govern Brexit, as the process of Britain's separation from the EU is popularly called.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'Brexit: How to have one's cake and eat it too'. Print Edition | Subscribe