British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may get Brexit done but any hope of the nation becoming a world leader again may be nothing more than a cruel illusion, given the weakness of its hollowed-out economy. Photo: AFP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may get Brexit done but any hope of the nation becoming a world leader again may be nothing more than a cruel illusion, given the weakness of its hollowed-out economy. Photo: AFP
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may get Brexit done but any hope of the nation becoming a world leader again may be nothing more than a cruel illusion, given the weakness of its hollowed-out economy. Photo: AFP
Anthony Rowley
Opinion

Opinion

Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit Global Britain sounds good – and that’s about it

  • The vision of a Global Britain, crusader of free trade and democracy, leading a league of like-minded nations smacks of delusions of grandeur. The fact is, a post-industrial, services-reliant UK economy is probably not strong enough to survive being cut adrift

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may get Brexit done but any hope of the nation becoming a world leader again may be nothing more than a cruel illusion, given the weakness of its hollowed-out economy. Photo: AFP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may get Brexit done but any hope of the nation becoming a world leader again may be nothing more than a cruel illusion, given the weakness of its hollowed-out economy. Photo: AFP
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may get Brexit done but any hope of the nation becoming a world leader again may be nothing more than a cruel illusion, given the weakness of its hollowed-out economy. Photo: AFP
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Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley

Anthony Rowley is a veteran journalist specialising in Asian economic and financial affairs. He was formerly Business Editor and International Finance Editor of the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review and worked earlier on The Times newspaper in London