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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Jamaica: Britain’s decision could affect island’s relationship with EU

Jamaica joined the Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries in analysing the decision of Britain to leave the European Union saying it could also affect the island’s overall relationship with Europe. In a statement, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said Jamaica applauded the United Kingdom “for the fact that the referendum (popularly known as “Brexit”) was conducted freely and fairly, with due regard for the strong democratic tradition, which has been the hallmark of the UK political process”. She added, “The margin was close, but ultimately the people have spoken and on the basis of the declared results, those in support of the UK’s withdrawal of its membership from the EU, have carried the day.” Britons voted to exit the European Union (EU) by a 52 to 48 per cent margin resulting in the announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron that he would be resigning and a new leader would be appointed in October. Johnson Smith said that Jamaica also acknowledges that the outcome means that the United Kingdom “will need to initiate the necessary legal and other steps to withdraw from the EU, in accordance with the relevant treaty obligations”. “This will have significant implications for Jamaica-UK relations and possibly for Jamaica-EU relations,” she said, noting the decision of Cameron to step down.

Source: Antigua Observer