Collective madness behind Britain's latest Brexit plan

Pro-Brexit demonstrators outside Britain's Parliament in London last Tuesday. On March 29, unless something is done, Britain will fall out of the European Union without a deal. That will affect every aspect of the economy, says the writer.
Pro-Brexit demonstrators outside Britain's Parliament in London last Tuesday. On March 29, unless something is done, Britain will fall out of the European Union without a deal. That will affect every aspect of the economy, says the writer.PHOTO: REUTERS

Last Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May demanded that her party reject her own Brexit plan so she could go back to negotiations with the European Union (EU) and dismantle an agreement that her government reached with the continent, on an impossibly fast timeline, during talks that have already been ruled out.

On every level, it is an insane way to behave. The British government is actively sabotaging the work it has spent the past two years completing and then doing a victory dance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2019, with the headline 'Collective madness behind Britain's latest Brexit plan'. Subscribe