British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Southeast Asia in early August, stopping in Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Hanoi. One of the top priorities on his agenda was to secure trade deals as well as research and development collaboration with countries in the ASEAN region. Cameron’s trip to the region may be to seek active lifelines for trade with the rest of the world should British voters choose to endorse a “Brexit” from the EU in an upcoming referendum.
EU Centre Associate Fellow Loke Hoe Yeong argues in this Business Times commentary that the UK deeply needs the EU and the single market, and that no Asian trade deal would make up for it. The commentary can be accessed at the Business Times website here (subscription required). Alternatively, you may also connect with Hoe Yeong on his Academia.edu account to request access to a copy of the article.