Britain and Africa: Heading for the Brexit Rocks
Africa Spectrum, Vol. 53., No. 2, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2018
Date Written: August 30, 2018
High-flying illusions on the part of the proponents and grim predictions of the sceptics characterize the controversy about Brexit. The article analyses five issues at stake for the Post-Brexit relationships between Britain, the EU, and Africa with a focus on those Sub-Saharan African countries that belong to the Commonwealth: market access, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), aid, security, and partnership. The British government’s vision of a ‘Global Britain’ relies heavily on a reinforced co-operation with Commonwealth nations. However, most likely this would be possible only at the expense of the poor in Africa and elsewhere. Concerning security cooperation with Africa, London apparently exaggerated its defence input in order to enhance its bargaining position with the EU. It will be crucial for both the EU and the UK to find post-Brexit agreements to stem irregular migration and the growth of jihadist groups and terrorism. In a nutshell, the analysis of these different policy fields shows that expectations of Brexiteers and African politicians alike concerning an enhanced, partner-like Post-Brexit Commonwealth relationship are largely unfounded.
Keywords: UK, Brexit, EU, Africa, International Trade, Tariffs, Aid, Security, Partnership
JEL Classification: F13, F2, F35, F54, F63, G15, G2, H26, N17, N47, N77, O17, P16, Z13
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