Belize - Belize News - - Great Belize Productions - Belize Breaking News
Home » Economy, People & Places, Regional / International » How Will Brexit Affect the Caribbean?
Jul 1, 2016

How Will Brexit Affect the Caribbean?

Sir Hilary Beckles

British withdrawal from the European Union, widely referred to as Brexit, follows the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.  It is a non-binding vote that took place last Thursday in the UK to measure support for the country’s ongoing membership in the EU.  The result of the poll sent massive shockwaves across Europe, as fifty-one point nine percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of an exit.  To commence the process of leaving the EU, a course of action which is expected to take a few years, the British government will have to invoke Article Fifty of the Treaty on European Union.  That remains to be done.  While the rest of the bloc reels from the unexpected turn of events, there is concern within the Caribbean whether tremors from the UK’s announced departure will be felt in this region.  Preeminent historian Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, recently participated in a symposium to discuss the potential economic and social impact of Brexit on the Caribbean.


Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, U.W.I.

“This action by the British people, or the English in particular, the British in general, is not an act of irrationality.  It is an action that is consistent with the historical trends or the behavior of Britain in relation to the continent.  To identify those historical trends and patterns is therefore to see the unfolding as just another phase in an endemic structural relation between Great Britain and the continent.  You can begin your analysis with the strategic use of royal marriages to change the relations between one country and another in Europe.  The signing of strategic trade agreements to include one nation and exclude another.  The skillful use of naval power to change the balance between different parts of Europe and to effectively use trade laws and economic theory in order to interfere in the relationship between itself and other countries in Europe.  Long term, long term, seven or eight hundred years, the trend has been for Britain to keep Europe divided, to keep Europe off balance and in that process to reaffirm its specific supremacy within that geographical space.  Britain has therefore been in and out of Europe strategically over centuries, in order to promote its own specific national interest.  What we are seeing today is consistent with that historical process.”

Be Sociable, Share!

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

Advertise Here

Leave a Reply