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Brexit and the Commonwealth

What Next?, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Clegg


154 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


Peter Clegg

1. Brexit in its Worldwide Aspect: An Opportunity to be Grasped

Peter Marshall

2. A Divided Family: Race, the Commonwealth and Brexit

Eva Namusoke

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?

Mark Langan

4. Myths of Commonwealth Betrayal: UK–Africa Trade Before and After Brexit

Peg Murray-Evans

5. Brexit, Development Aid, and the Commonwealth

Sophia Price

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

Patsy Lewis

9. Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Repercussions for the Periphery

Peter Clegg

10. Australia and Brexit: Deja` Vu All Over Again?

Derek McDougall


11. Some Reflections on Brexit and its Aftermath

James Mayall

12. Brexit, the UK and the Commonwealth: Opportunities and Challenges

David Howell

13. Brexit: The View from Scotland

John M. MacKenzie

14. Bringing the Commonwealth Back into the Fold—A View from the Backbenches

Frank Field

15. Brexit: A View from UKIP and the European Parliament

James Carver

16. Brexit: A View from Gibraltar

Joseph Garcia

17. UK’s Exit from the EU: Consequences for Africa and the Commonwealth

Kayode Soyinka

18. Brexit: A Perspective from Singapore

Yuen Foong Khong

19. Brexit: A View from New Zealand

W. David McIntyre

20. Brexit: ‘Everybody Lost’

Shridath Ramphal

21. Opportunities or Challenges for the Caribbean after Brexit?

Christopher A. D. Charles

About the Editor

Peter Clegg is an Associate Professor in Politics and Head of the Department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. His main research interests focus on contemporary developments within the British Overseas Territories and the international political economy of the Caribbean.

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