British economy needs a reboot whatever the Brexit outcome

"I'm really enjoying the season finale of the UK," quipped Irish software engineer Damian Sullivan on Twitter. His joke may not be far off the mark.

Brexit negotiations are looking more and more like the type of destructive brinkmanship that the United States has seen in recent years. But the stakes are much higher in the United Kingdom - rather than just shutting down parts of the government, a failure to reach a Brexit deal would result in huge economic and legal chaos. That in turn could prompt Scotland to leave the UK, meaning that Brexit would indeed be the union's final episode.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2019, with the headline 'British economy needs a reboot whatever the Brexit outcome'. Print Edition | Subscribe