Lukanyo Mnyanda Editor: Business Day

Could this go down as the time when the EU's normally restrained bureaucrats lost their patience with Britain? Since the UK voted to leave the EU in the middle of 2016, the other 27 partners have gone through something akin to the different stages of grief. Though they were never as blasé about it as the former UK prime minister who called the referendum, David Cameron, the decision still came as shock, and since then they've been grappling with how to manage the economic consequences. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president that UK tabloids love to vilify, spent much of the past couple of years talking about his sadness about Brexit, emphasising what a monumental loss this would be for the remaining members. That stance never changed even in the face of provocation from Brexit supporters who have gone as far as comparing the EU, an institution credited with doing much to keep the peace in Europe since World War 2, to Nazis. No wonder there was more than a bit of a sh...

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