The EU is SA’s largest trading partner and one of its biggest sources of foreign direct investment and tourists. And within that, the UK is the second-largest source of two-way trade. So this country’s interest in the unfolding drama — the UK’s departure from the 28-nation bloc — is far from being academic. A lot of preparatory work has been going on in the background to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for our industry to minimise disruption to those trade flows. It will be some relief that the UK won’t be leaving the EU on Friday, the second deadline to be missed. It was initially supposed to happen on March 29. With the agreement reached in Brussels this week, the May 22 deadline is also off the table, and the end of October is the next big date to watch. Britain, which hasn’t managed to decide on the type of Brexit it wants, despite voting for it almost three years ago, now has another six months to get its house in order. Like their counterparts across the worl...

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