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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Barbados will need new ally in EU

With Britain’s exit from the European Union comes the challenge for the Caribbean of finding “a new voice” in Europe. Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, noted during a recent courtesy call with United States Ambassador to Barbados, Linda Taglialatela: “Since our voice in Europe will no longer be there, we will have to build new relationships to put the case for the English-speaking Caribbean.” He explained that because of historical ties, Britain tended to understand Caribbean society and economy more than other European countries, and so Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean regarded the UK as its natural ally in the EU. The challenge will now be, he posited, who does the Caribbean rely on to carry that brief? Minister Sinckler, who was responding to a query from the American Ambassador, about the impact of Brexit on Barbados, said that it was early days yet, and while the impact would be immediate, no-one could forecast the extent.

Source: barbadosadvocate.com