Watching Brexit fall apart from across the Channel

PARIS • If French voters, unsettled by the revolt of the yellow vest protesters, are tempted to use referendums to enhance the democratic process, they should look at the sad spectacle across the Channel: The British people trying to pick up the shards of their future after their House of Commons rejected the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May had spent 18 months negotiating with the European Union - on the basis of a referendum.

It is hard to think of a more powerful deterrent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline 'Watching Brexit fall apart from across the Channel'. Print Edition | Subscribe