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Hadas: Britain picks the wrong time to play games

June 29, 2016

After the vote to leave the EU, politicians on both sides have taken pride in abdicating their responsibility. It comes not from respect for democracy, but for another British tradition: treating things as a game. Young people lost this round, but may even the score in future.

Chancellor: Brexit can make a stronger, fairer UK

June 28, 2016

The British elected to pop the UK’s bubble economy, which delivers appalling productivity growth and unequally distributed gains. Turmoil unleashed by the vote could put the economy on a sounder footing. As asset prices deflate, the distribution of wealth becomes less unequal.

Football apart, UK has no reason to envy Iceland

June 28, 2016

The Nordic nation outshone England on the pitch but its EU trade ties are nothing to emulate. It has the single market access that Britain already enjoys, only without any say over the rules. Nor can it dodge the free movement of people or contributions to the bloc’s budget.

Trump and UK’s Leave campaign are peas in a pod

By Rob Cox
June 27, 2016

Like the Brexiteers, the presidential nominee says things often disproven by facts. He makes promises without plans to enact them. When these prove unworkable, there’s regret and backtracking. By invoking NATO’s future, the stakes may be as high or higher for a Trump victory.

Britain was lost on the playing fields of Eton

June 27, 2016

The school’s alumni include outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron and Boris Johnson, who hopes to replace him. The Duke of Wellington supposedly attributed his victory at Waterloo to an Eton education. Cameron’s folly in calling an EU referendum suggests less desirable aspects.

Austerity has no place in post-Brexit Britain

June 27, 2016

Chancellor George Osborne has since 2010 aimed to cut public debt and deficits in the name of financial stability. He may now need to row back to cope with any post-vote economic slowdown. Investors’ reaction so far suggests his fiscal rigour was over-zealous in the first place.

Dixon: Follow Merkel on Brexit – and keep cool

June 27, 2016

While other EU leaders are pressing Britain for a quickie divorce, the German chancellor is advocating a more measured approach. This is right. There’s no need to rush as the EU can protect itself from the immediate fallout. There’s even a chance the UK could change its mind.

Cameron exit sends UK towards investability vacuum

June 24, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign. He and his finance minister, George Osborne, stood for competent economic management and stability. Britain lacks obvious replacements who have experience as well as mass appeal. The economy and UK assets will pay the price.

Lesson from Brexit: unthinkable isn’t unpriceable

June 24, 2016

Britain’s referendum decision is an unwelcome blow to an already fragile world economy, but the real change is that it forces companies and investors to reconsider other once-remote risks. A Donald Trump presidency or the break-up of the euro zone may deserve more consideration.

How Europe can contain damage from Brexit

June 24, 2016

There are two ways for the EU to avoid copycat referendums. One is to doggedly insist that free movement and free trade are inseparable. The other is to flex that ideal. Doing so could neutralise populism and avoid a breakup of the euro zone.