This is the only reaction to Brexit from a brainy Singaporean you need to read
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The United Kingdom (UK) has voted to leave the European Union.
What does it all mean for the rest of us?
Here’s one reaction from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong:
The UK vote to leave the European Union (EU) in the #Brexit referendum is a turning point.
It reflects the anxiety of the British population over immigration, their resentment at having to negotiate with and accommodate European partners, and their desire to assert British identity and sovereignty.
Other developed countries also face similar challenges as Britain. We all live in a globalised, interdependent world. The desire to disengage, to be less constrained by one’s partners, to be free to do things entirely as one chooses, is entirely understandable. And yet in reality for many countries disengaging and turning inwards will likely lead to less security, less prosperity, and a dimmer future.
The next few years will be uncertain ones for Britain and Europe. Leaving the EU is as complicated as joining it. What new arrangements will be made? Will Brexit hurt investor confidence more broadly, and the global economy? How will Britain’s leaving affect the rest of the EU? How will this affect us, living in Asia but part of the same globalised world?
It is too early to tell, but we need to watch developments carefully. Nobody can foresee all the consequences of the Brexit.
The British voters have decided. We wish Britain well. I wish David Cameron well too, who has been a good friend of Singapore and has announced his intention to resign as PM.
Singapore will continue to cultivate our ties with Britain, which is a long standing friend and partner. We hope in time the uncertainty will diminish, and we will make the best of the new reality. – LHL
And here is a brainy Singaporean’s reaction, as reported by Channel NewsAsia:
It isn’t often you see a country commit suicide before your eyes.
We are also witnessing the tragically irrational consequences of western democracy. The UK is only an example of the dysfunctionality of a system taken to extremes.
– Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan