All news is Brexit news

Jun 28, 2016 09.00AM |

EXIT, and a nation despairs. That’s true for Argentina too, as Lionel Messi’s missed penalty cost his nation the Copa America in a final that ended 4-2 after penalties against an unfavoured Chile. The record-setting goalscorer, all of 29, has announced that he will retire from international football – David Cameron feels you, man.

Turn and burn. As with the pound, so it is with SIA flight 368. The plane was forced to turn around two hours into a Milan-bound flight after crew detected a fuel leak – it made an emergency landing, the right engine caught fire and one of Changi’s runways was closed for nearly five hours. Like Brexit, nobody was physically hurt (yet). And reports on the mood in the cabin are as divisive as Brexiters and Bremainers – ST paints a picture of calm: a stiff upper lip during the engine blaze, with no mention of alarm at all. TODAY reported passengers screaming to be let out of the burning plane, like British citizens desperately inquiring about Irish passports. TODAY’s picture of the blazing engine is much better than ST’s.

While everyone’s looking for indicators of the climate in the UK, the NEA finally decided to categorise the one-hour PM2.5 readings into bands. It’s still just a reading, like the stock market, with no indicators on what to do: stay home, go out, wear a mask, buy the pound, sell your shares. As far as we know right now, the PM2.5 reading is “normal”, but the situation in Britain is “extremely risky”.

Down for you, up for me. Spain’s conservative acting PM Mariano Rajoy has better fortunes than his UK counterpart as he gains popularity in last Friday’s GE. Aussie PM Malcolm Turnbull has been given a lead in opinion polls ahead of a Saturday election after the Brexit result. US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings soar while the Donald’s takes a beating. But remember – the polls didn’t expect a Brexit win either. The EU will move its European Banking Authority out of London and Paris and Frankfurt are among the cities vying to host the agency. Several multinational banks are thinking of moving out too.

They’ll pay for this. While UK PM David Cameron has yet to invoke Article 50 of the EU constitution which officially starts the leaving process, he has said that the government will honour the vote and that the UK still wants the strongest possible economic links with the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that she doesn’t want to hurry or slow UK’s exit from the EU. Cue a flurry of EU leader meetings. The economy paid the price: the pound crumpled to a new 31-year low to close at US$1.3220 and the stock market took a beating. Others who will pay the piper: Blogger Han Hui Hui has been ordered to pay $3,100 in fines – read our story here. And Android Pay finally arrives, in the wake of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay (Pay and Pay and Pay) – see what we had to say about Apple Pay and other phone-based e-wallets here.

Sorry no cure? A British “sorry” isn’t going to cut it when it comes to the Brexit fallout, but maybe the word will work when used from Christians to gays? Pope Francis has said that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church need to apologise to homosexuals for the way they have been treated. Apologise and ask for forgiveness. The statement also included apologies and asking forgiveness from the poor, exploited women and forced child labourers.

No doubt about it – Brexit is everything now.


Featured image by Kong Chong Yew.

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