Chris Patten, the last governor of colonial Hong Kong, receives the Union Flag after it was lowered for the last time at Government House on June 30, 1997. Photo: AFP
Kerry Brown
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Kerry Brown

Hong Kong handover took almost 20 years. Brexit’s taking two. A UK self-esteem issue?

The UK was meticulous in negotiating the handover of its colony to China – an issue remote to most Britons. Now it’s rushing like a lemming towards a cliff regarding a far more substantive domestic issue. What gives?

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Chris Patten, the last governor of colonial Hong Kong, receives the Union Flag after it was lowered for the last time at Government House on June 30, 1997. Photo: AFP
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