There is not a moment to lose. Having spent two years negotiating a treaty for Brexit - as the process of Britain's divorce from the EU is universally known - only to see it thrown out by MPs in the largest parliamentary defeat ever suffered by a British government, Mrs May now has barely two more months to invent another treaty that is acceptable to legislators, or she risks having Britain simply crash out of the union, with catastrophic implications for everything ranging from the country's food and medicine supplies to its transport infrastructure to its international relations.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2019, with the headline 'Theresa May's risky game of chicken'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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