28 Jun '16, 3am

Why the comparison between #Brexit and #Singapore's separation is, well, nonsense:

Why the comparison between #Brexit and #Singapore's separation is, well, nonsense:

The people drawing parallels between Britain leaving Europe and Singapore leaving Malaysia in 1965 – with the implication that Britain could succeed post-Brexit in the same way Singapore succeeded post-Separation (if only Britain finds a leader like LKY) – are completely wrong. It’s a view that’s NOT even somewhat accurate or half-right but provides useful historical parallels and lessons. It’s just completely inaccurate. The people who spout this view (and it’s not just Calvin Cheng) know nothing about Singapore’s economic history, how federalism works, and Britain’s relationship with the European Union. This view, which is somewhat seductive and instinctively appealing, is completely wrong for at least four reasons. The first and most obvious is that the Malaysian federation was nothing like the European Union – and I don’t just mean this in terms of their relative size ...

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