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U.K. Can’t Use Singapore as Post-Brexit Model, Premier Lee Says

Lee Hsien Loong

Lee Hsien Loong

Photographer: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

The U.K. can’t use Singapore as a post-Brexit model of a small nation that succeeded after leaving a bigger union because the two nations exited under different circumstances, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

The two countries also have "completely different" histories and social welfare systems, Lee said in an interview with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at the New Economy Forum in Singapore. He was responding to a question on whether London can be a "Singapore on the Thames" after Brexit.