UK’s days of being a global superpower are long gone
ON MY MIND: Brave new world
Brexit offers the opportunity to cure the colonial hangover and build more equal UK-Africa relations
We are a far cry from the 1800s and the so-called glory days of the British Empire, but sentimentality over “making Britain great again” fuelled the British vote to exit the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May is fashioning the country’s new image as a “Global Britain” — one that is independent from its EU history and that will result in Britain becoming a global power in its own right. But recent developments — including May’s inability to secure the majority in parliament needed to drive a “hard” Brexit deal — have cast doubt not only on Britain’s successful exit from the EU, but also on its future role as a global leader. The Commonwealth is popularly associated with the Commonwealth Games and scholarships offered to citizens of member states. However, the Commonwealth Secretariat also co-ordinates co-operation in the political sphere through its heads of government meetings and implements socioeconomic development initiatives in a select group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ...