Africa: Brexit Will Be Good for South Africa, Says the UK High Commissioner

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UK High Commissioner Nigel Casey says that post-Brexit, South Africa and the SADC-Mozambique bloc will be able to negotiate one-on-one trade deals with the UK, and not be tied to European Union restrictions.

South Africans need not fear Brexit as it will be good for this country, UK High Commissioner to South Africa Nigel Casey insists.

Britain's departure from the European Union, which must happen by 31 October, will bring increased trade and development between the UK and South Africa, Casey said in an interview with Daily Maverick.

He said the main question South Africans are asking him about Brexit is " 'What's in it for South Africa?' Which is exactly the right question to ask? It's not 'isn't it terrible' but 'what are the opportunities for us?'.

"I think there genuinely are opportunities for South Africa. For a number of reasons. First of all our economies are complementary. There are very few products where we are in competition with South Africa.

"And there are strong markets in the UK for important products from South Africa, notably wines, fruits, fruit juices, for which there is enormous demand in British supermarkets.

"But also the UK has been a strong market for...

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