Doughty – Brexit threatens to trash the UK’s relationships with Africa - People's Vote

Doughty – Brexit threatens to trash the UK’s relationships with Africa

The Prime Minister has begun a three-day trip to Africa.

Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“Brexit threatens to trash the UK’s relationship with African states, not to strengthen it, whatever the Prime Minister might claim.

“All the Government’s projections show that whether we get the Chequers car crash Brexit or a disastrous no deal Brexit, Britain’s economy will be hobbled and growth will be severely hit. Making Britain worse off means a smaller overseas aid budget and, even more importantly, less cash for investment in Africa and fewer opportunities for African traders to sell into Britain.

“Mrs May said that a no deal Brexit would not be the end of the world, but it would certainly be the end of any hopes of increasing trade between Britain and Africa, as a UK economy crippled by gummed up borders and masses of red tape will be focused on survival, not expansion.

“Whether people voted for Leave or Remain, they did not vote for any of that, and that is why it is essential we have a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

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