Global Affairs

Clueless in Brexit limbo

The March 29 deadline has come and gone, and the British are still fighting over Brexit. How things develop from here will very much depend on the EU.

LONDON • Today was supposed to be Britain's first working day outside the European Union, the moment when, after a fierce political struggle fought over three long years, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland finally threw away the shackles of European bureaucracy, shattered the chains of European servitude and strode proudly on to the global stage unbound and unfettered.

Ahead lay all the promises of abundant trade and prosperity. London, already Europe's financial capital, was bound to shine even brighter. And Britain was to become a "Singapore-on-Thames", a sparkling jewel on Europe's edge, a magnet for the world's business.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'Clueless in Brexit limbo'. Subscribe