British Prime Minister Theresa May meets European Council President Donald Tusk during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. May’s government released a Brexit blueprint last week that disappointed Eurosceptics and prompted two cabinet members, including the Brexit minister, to quit. Photo: AFP

A ‘clean’ Brexit would betray the British public – even if that’s what they voted for

Mike Rowse says the complex supply chains built up since the UK joined the EU mean a ‘clean Brexit’ that Leave voters want would be disastrous for the economy. In the larger market for services, however, even a ‘soft Brexit’ may present insurmountable problems

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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets European Council President Donald Tusk during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. May’s government released a Brexit blueprint last week that disappointed Eurosceptics and prompted two cabinet members, including the Brexit minister, to quit. Photo: AFP
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.