The spectacle of Britain all but tearing itself apart over its future relationship with the European Union (EU) has been unedifying. Now, however, after months of political, legal, constitutional and parliamentary wrangling, the indications are that very soon Britain, in one or another way, will leave.

As a fail-safe, the Caribbean has agreed the text of a Caribbean Forum-U.K. Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) that can be rapidly approved in the event of a hard Brexit. This will, if required, provide Caribbean exporters of goods and services to the U.K. near identical market access terms to those it has under the EU-CARIFORUM EPA.