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Future UK-Africa trade policy will mirror EU approach

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Significance

Even in a no-deal outcome, the United Kingdom's trade orientation towards Africa will look remarkably familiar as London seeks immediately to replicate the terms of the EU’s economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with Sub-Saharan African states.

Impacts

  • Opposition will grow to the EU’s EPAs -- and to the replicated UK EPAs -- by trade justice campaigners.
  • The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could potentially help African states collectively to renegotiate EPAs on a fairer footing.
  • A key London post-Brexit focus will be persuading African EPA sceptics (such as Nigeria or Tanzania) to join such regional free trade deals.
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