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Stop saying Brexit Britain could follow a “Singapore model”—it wouldn’t work here

The idea that Britain could be a new Singapore is a Brexiteer fantasy which misunderstands how both economies work

By George Magnus  

Colourful illuminated skyline of night time Singapore.

Whether it’s the 150-meter infinity pool straddling the top of the Marina Bay Sands at 200 metres, the designer shops in the ubiquitous shopping malls, the constellation of luxury hotels, or the thousands of vessels dropping anchor to trade or resupply in the Port of Singapore as they trans-ship between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, most visitors are wowed by Singapore.

This one-time mosquito-ridden equatorial trading port has become a sparkle…

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