Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017 and the United Kingdom will leave the EU by March 2019. What does the future hold for the UK and why should Asia be interested? The economic consequences for the UK have been discussed extensively but the decision has consequences for the UK’s soft power, its international relations, its attractiveness to foreign investment and the investment and business climate across Europe. It may also lead to Scotland’s exit from the UK. Is Brexit part of a global trend towards populism and economic nationalism or simply an example of a nation ‘taking back control’?