After Britain was set to leave the EU at the June referendum in 2016, they started to looking at avenues that necessitate their new direction outside the EU. One of these actions was a decision to form agreements, post-brexit, with other countries. Seven countries in Africa are part of this new deal.
These countries a part of the countries under the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA)– EU Economic Partnership Agreement.
A Foreign Affairs and International Trade secretary Ambassador from Zimbabwe, James Manzou spoke to the local paper about the details involving the agreement. “Britain is planning on exiting the European Union. Zimbabwe and other East and Southern African countries are signatories to a partnership agreement with the EU called the EU-ESA agreement.”
“Now that Britain is pulling out of the EU, it means the EU-ESA can no longer trade with them under the terms of that agreement. However, our trade agreement with the rest of the EU continues under the terms of the EU-ESA agreement. This now means there is need for a separate agreement for countries such as Zimbabwe to continue to trade with the UK.”
The deal is set in motion, but it appears it is still under consideration. The UK put forward a draft consideration, with similarities to the EU-ESA agreement, to facilitate trade the way they used to, before brexit. The agreement is now under ratification as the cabinet, Parliament and the President review the terms of the deal. After the process, further steps will be taken to ensure all parties involved agree to it.
At the moment, Britain is set to leave the EU on October 31 and it will end a membership that lasted for almost four decades.