Europe: Not looking forward

Author: | Published: 26 Sep 2016

The relative lull during the summer while British MPs kicked back in the tropics or, in Prime Minister Theresa May's case, hiked the Alps, had some of the optimists thinking all that Brexit drama had been much ado about nothing. But as of writing in early September, the sharpened pencils of a new term have hardly been blunted and yet the UK has already been served a heavy reality check.

It came in the form of an open letter from the Japanese government, a frankly scathing 15-page document detailing its requests for Brexit negotiations.

The party line is that Tokyo wants certainty going forward. After all it's invested...