The Brexit road to Britain's collapse

The end view is suddenly in sight even if the country remains painfully divided

How did you go bankrupt, asks a character in the Hemingway novel The Sun Also Rises. Two ways, comes the reply: "Gradually, and then suddenly." Gradually and suddenly is the story of Brexit.

The 2016 vote to quit the European Union has drained Britain of energy, purpose and global influence. It happened gradually. Many people have not noticed. Now, suddenly, the end is in view. It may well turn out to be something worse than bankruptcy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2018, with the headline 'The Brexit road to Britain's collapse'. Print Edition | Subscribe