Lukanyo Mnyanda Editor: Business Day

On my most recent visit to the UK, for once, Brexit wasn't the biggest story in the news. That's not to say it has suddenly become a non-story. To the contrary, the endgame is approaching with the country set to crash out of the world's richest and biggest trading bloc, with some 500-million people, in just over three weeks. The amazing thing is that more than two and a half years after the vote, the country is still arguing among itself, leaving its partners, who thought they had reached a withdrawal agreement back in November, perplexed. There's talk of a short extension, which has dismayed the rest of the EU, because it's not entirely clear what the UK prime minister, Theresa May, thinks can be achieved in three months. The other side is unlikely to compromise on the most contentious issue, which is the so-called Irish backstop. While getting ready for filming of the Editing Allowed programme on Business Day TV the other day, my former boss, Peter Bruce, asked what this backstop ...

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