What Brexit Means For Africans, And How South Africans Living In UK Could Swing The Vote
Depending on who you ask, the U.K.’s possible exit from the European Union could mean more direct trade for Africans, better incentives for African farmers, renegotiated economic agreements for African trading blocs.
South Africans living in Britain could be the swing vote.
The U.K. should be able to secure its own trade deals with African countries, says James Cleverly, a pro-Brexit Tory MP who says European Union policy in Africa is “morally repugnant,” HuffingtonPost reported.
“The E.U.’s tariff regime disincentivizes exactly the kind of investment that Africa needs to lift itself out of poverty and aid dependency,” said Cleverly, whose mother is from Sierra Leone. “I cannot understand how anyone who is African, or of African heritage, or who cares about Africa and her people, or cares about anyone trapped in poverty in the developing world, can, with a clear conscience, allow this situation to persist.”
Remain campaign MPs Chuka Umunna and Sam Gyimah disagreed with Cleverly and dropped names to bolster their argument.