Global Affairs: The European Union beyond Brexit

While the EU has looked like the adult in the room dealing with London's tantrums, it faces a troubled future too even when the British leave

LONDON • The saga of Britain's departure from the European Union now increasingly resembles a badly scripted TV soap opera: endless episodes, the plot keeps repeating itself, the studio props never change, the actors are not getting any younger and nobody knows how to terminate the story on a mildly happy note.

Yet, throughout these tedious proceedings which have now lasted almost four years, it was Britain which played the role of the petulant child, and the EU which came across as the adult actor, always measured in its approach, always thoughtful in its actions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2019, with the headline 'The European Union beyond Brexit'. Print Edition | Subscribe