The decision of the UK to ‘Leave’ the European Union (EU) was unexpected, and as a consequence the precise details of what would come next were left very unclear, and still today there is little certainty or agreement over what ‘Brexit’ will actually mean. It is within this context that this edited volume has been produced. The Commonwealth featured quite heavily in the referendum campaign, particularly on the ‘Leave’ side; claiming that a vote for Brexit would allow the UK to re-new and extend links with the countries of the Commonwealth. However, critics highlighted the potential limitations of a new bilateral link, and that in many instances the UK’s role is strengthened by its membership of the EU. The tension between aspiration and likely reality is a key theme of the volume. Another, is how the decision of the UK may have consequences across the Commonwealth in terms of both domestic policy and regional cooperation. In short, the volume shines a detailed light on the historical and contemporary nature of relations between the UK and the Commonwealth. Linked to this, and possibly of greatest utility, is the consideration of how policy should be formulated to best strengthen the relationship in the future.
This book originally appeared as a special issue of The Round Table.
1. Brexit in its Worldwide Aspect: An Opportunity to be Grasped
2. A Divided Family: Race, the Commonwealth and Brexit
3. Brexit and Trade Ties between Europe and Commonwealth States in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities for Pro-poor Growth or a Further Entrenchment of North–South Inequalities?
4. Myths of Commonwealth Betrayal: UK–Africa Trade Before and After Brexit
5. Brexit, Development Aid, and the Commonwealth
6. Paradoxes of Regionalism and Democracy: Brexit’s Lessons for the Commonwealth
Wendy C. Grenade
7. The Implications of Brexit for the Caribbean’s Future Relationship with Britain and the EU
Sir Ronald Sanders
8. The Repercussions of Brexit for CARICOM’s Cohesion
9. Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Repercussions for the Periphery
10. Australia and Brexit: Deja` Vu All Over Again?
11. Some Reflections on Brexit and its Aftermath
12. Brexit, the UK and the Commonwealth: Opportunities and Challenges
13. Brexit: The View from Scotland
John M. MacKenzie
14. Bringing the Commonwealth Back into the Fold—A View from the Backbenches
15. Brexit: A View from UKIP and the European Parliament
16. Brexit: A View from Gibraltar
17. UK’s Exit from the EU: Consequences for Africa and the Commonwealth
18. Brexit: A Perspective from Singapore
Yuen Foong Khong
19. Brexit: A View from New Zealand
W. David McIntyre
20. Brexit: ‘Everybody Lost’
21. Opportunities or Challenges for the Caribbean after Brexit?
Christopher A. D. Charles