The international community remains in turbulence, but of special significance to SA — itself not without challenges — is the worrying state of affairs in Europe. While SA is wisely trying to diversify its international partnerships, those with Europe, especially the EU, remain of special relevance, economic matters in particular. Most African countries have especially meaningful historical relationships with the former European colonial powers, the UK in the case of SA and many others, but also France for much of the rest of the continent. In this context Brexit is of major relevance to Africa, and particularly SA with its stronger economy and more diversified interface with the EU and UK alike.

It is bad enough that Brexit is destabilising Europe, but there is legitimate concern that it will also damage the global economy, with especially negative results for the overall geopolitical strategic position of the West. Africa could be the region outside Europe that is worst aff...

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