The Impact of Brexit on Francophone Africa

16 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2019 Last revised: 11 Apr 2019

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Dirk Kohnert

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs

Date Written: February 18, 2019

Abstract

Whereas the impact of Brexit on Anglophone Africa was a major issue in the controversial British discussions on the pros and cons of Brexit, possible repercussions on French-speaking Africa have been rarely mentioned up to now. Yet, the range of possible Brexit effect is impressive, including the revival of progressive social networks in Francophone Africa. The latter are already demanding more political and economic sovereignty, for example with respect to the increasingly anachronistic F CFA currency. Yet, in view of the lack of countervailing power of Britain within the EU in the case of Brexit, the murky network of Françafrique could be re-vitalized and consolidated as well. Finally, the Brexit and its spread-effects could also impact negatively on acquired human rights, both in Europe and in Africa. The withdrawal in general will have widely disregard implications for hitherto shared ethics. In fact, the Brexit constitutes a retrograde step in promoting a political and socio-cultural climate which could become similar to that of Apartheid South Africa. This includes the pursuit of ultranationalist goals and compromising on established human rights, for example with respect to growing inequality and the crusade against infidels and outsiders. More generally, the Brexit will also impact negatively on acquired ethics concerning popular articipation, both in Europe and in Africa.

Keywords: Brexit, UK, EU, Françafrique, Post-Colonialism, WAEMU, CEMAC, Development, International Trade, ODA, Security, Partnership

JEL Classification: F13, F2, F35, F54, F63, G15, G2, H26, N17, N47, N77, O17, P16, Z13

Suggested Citation

Kohnert, Dirk, The Impact of Brexit on Francophone Africa (February 18, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3337076 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3337076

Dirk Kohnert (Contact Author)

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs ( email )

German Inst. of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
D-20354 Hamburg
Germany

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