UK says exit from EU doesn’t threaten Malawi: Nevin assures Lilongwe after Britain bids ‘goodbye to Europe’

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) does not threaten Malawi, according to High Commissioner  to Lilongwe, Micheal Nevin who has reassured the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Francis Kasaila on Friday after British voters have chosen to leave the EU.Brexit text with British and Eu flags illustration

President Peter Mutharika, British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin and Vice President Chilima share a light moment :UK exits the European Union

President Peter Mutharika, British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin and Vice President Chilima share a light moment :UK exits the European Union

The reverberations of the Brexit vote were felt in Malawi as many people questioned what would be the effects to the southern African nation.

But Nevin said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times that  the UK has a strong bilateral relationship with Malawi over a long history which will not be affected.

“I have spoken to Foreign Minister Hon Francis Kasaila and reassured him that our strong bilateral relationship will continue and hopefully strengthen further,” Nevin said.

“We will continue to work alongside our partners in support of Malawi’s prosperity and security, to the mutual benefit of all,” the British High Commissioner reassured.

Many Malawians living in UK took part in the vote as members of the Commonwealth, including this reporter who casted his ballot in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Nevin said  in holding a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Britain has delivered “perhaps the biggest democratic exercise in our history.”

He said the referendum underlines UK’s  credentials as a committed parliamentary democracy “where we resolve major issues about our future through peaceful debate.”

Nevin highlighted what UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that that the British people have voted to leave EU and their will must be respected. Cameron has since offered to resign.

“We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union.  Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union will first need to be triggered by the UK to start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU, which then has up to two years to complete,” Nevin stated.

“ There will be no initial change in the way people can travel, in the way goods can move or the way services can be sold,” he explained.

He continued: “We are confident of finding the best way for the UK. We are a great trading nation, a multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, with our economy, our ideas and values, our science and arts, our engineering and our creativity respected the world over. “

Nevin said UK will remain a big player on the global stage as a permanent United Nations Security Council member, a leading member of NATO, the G7 and G20.

“ We are the only country to meet commitments both to 2% of GDP on defence spending and 0.7% of GNI on development assistance, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world. We remain the 5th largest economy globally and Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong,” he said.

The UK decision to sump EU has hit headlines of world media and African newspapers report the story prominently as they fear the impact of Brexit on their own economy.

According to BBC some say a UK free from the EU will be keen to improve its trade relationships with its Commonwealth partners – including Malawi and many African nations.

Much of the debate running up to the EU referendum centred on immigration.

Now that Brexit has been confirmed, Malawians and other Africans living in the UK and those hoping to go to the UK are concerned about their status and what a post-Brexit immigration policy would be, but many analysts are saying that controls are bound to be tighter, according to BBC.

Others say that, in order to boost trade relations with several African countries, the UK could make immigration for Commonwealth citizens slightly easier.

After all, the IMF predicts that by 2019 the Commonwealth will contribute more to the world’s economic output than the EU and Malawians being members of the Commonwealth may have an easier time immigrating to the UK than those from non-Commonwealth African states.

According to BBC, there may be some “unintended consequences” as well.

In the New York Times, Steven Erlanger suspects the Brexit result has left many Britons feeling “existential anxiety” about what kind of country they want to live in.

“The impact of this plebiscite is likely to be profound and long-lasting, well beyond the immediate tumult in the financial markets, and the questions about Britain’s future will be answered against the backdrop of potential political, legal and economic upheaval,” he wrote.

Indian news portals, amid reporting the latest developments from what The Hindu calls “The Divided Kingdom”, also reflect on the possible impact for their own country.

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8 thoughts on “UK says exit from EU doesn’t threaten Malawi: Nevin assures Lilongwe after Britain bids ‘goodbye to Europe’”

  1. Jalavikuba says:

    Nevin does not know what he is talking about and it seems our own Kasaila also was happy to hear what he was told. Simply put Malawi will be affected by Brexit period. I do not need to go into the details of what, how and when. My simple advice is Parliament should urgently discuss the matter.

  2. M Sizini says:

    Well, the English have certainly shot themselves in their collective foot this time! When we get over the schadenfreude, we must ask ourselves what we can do to help these neighbors of our friends, the Scots. Perhaps we can increase our imports of their produce. What is their greatest product? Anyone who has visited an English city can answer that one – old fat people.

    England produces millions of old fat people who need to be looked after by kindhearted Commonwealth citizens. This is because the English are too busy making money for themselves to be able to care for their elderly relatives (who will henceforth be referred to as ‘the burden’).

    Now that the English have chosen to reposition their economy in the center of tornado alley, they will have even less inclination and fewer resources to support their burden. Let Malawi become their saviours. Many of us have had extensive experience of wiping old fat bottoms in England. This is the very experience that will enable us to develop our economy and help the English at the same time.

    We must invite the English to invest in the construction of luxurious old fat people’s ‘Sheltered’ Accommodation – Old Folks’ Homes. Once they have been constructed, the English will be able to export their burden to us. Those of us with experience of living in England will be able to set up private old fat bottom-wiping schools and courses; our farmers will be able to charge international prices for their produce; and the fat old English people will be able to spend their pensions in Malawi, thus injecting much-needed capital into our economy. Nobody will lose. Even if the project collapses, we will still have plenty of luxurious accommodation to share among our prominent politicians and business people.

    Finally, the social benefits must be obvious to all. Think of all those old fat Sugar Daddies and Sugar Mommas. Our streets, hotels and bars will be swept clean of ahule, toy-boys, and rent-boys as these unfortunates rushed off to service their new clients in our network of old fat people’s homes.

    This is how we can pay back the English for the help they have given us in the past. Let us resolve to make their declining years memorable. Thanks their Brexit choice, they can expect many years of decline.

  3. Racist McTumbukaFace says:

    The only way we can develop is to drop our slave man mentality and leave the Commonwealth!

  4. The Analyst says:

    Nevin can assure the foreign affairs minister, or Chilima or even APM himself, that UK’s exist doesnt threaten Malawi, but only a fool will believe Nevin.
    . . . A very simple question is . . .
    “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?” – Jesus Christ (Luke 6:39)
    . . . Truth is . . .
    Nevin has no any record whatsoever, of having the expertise to assess the short-and long-run impact of the exit. He is simply a diplomat – as are his thoughts and tongue.
    . . . Yet the significant impact of the exist is not diplomatic or political in nature; but economic (which Nevin or the UK has very little or no control over).
    If you think these are my usual lies, think again coz
    . . . anyone who cared to look at how markets have reacted to the exit, they would realise that the Pound is today and now, at 31-year low against the Dollar. And these are massive losses for anyone who had a long position in the Pound or Pound-denominated assets. Malawi is one of them.
    . . . Besides this short-run impact, in the medium term; UK’s exit shall translate into reduced demand for goods and services by the EU, under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Consequently, the quota hence exports for Malawi and other African countries to the EU or revenue thereof, will likely dwindle.
    . . . And news just reaching me now, is that credit rating agencies are assessing the impact of U.K’s exist and most likely the U.K. will lose its AAA rating; due to negative impact the exist will have on the U.K’s economy. And this will, in the long-run; affect Malawi.
    . . . So can anyone be wise enough to come and assure anyone that the exit will not threaten Malawi?
    A aaa amangwetu! It will, the question is “When?” to which, “Sooner than later” is the right answer.

    1. Concerned pan-africanist says:

      Inu a analyst please spare some of us the nonsense of thinking Brexit should be our concern. What is Britain’s interest in Malawi? How about Malawi’s interest in Britain? Britain still thinks it owns Malawi and you intertain that mideset?

  5. Gogodasi says:

    Bravo Britain for leaving the EU. The EU community members have deprived citizens of the Commonwealth in many ways. We used to go for further studies in the UK without being asked to take English language test for being citizens of a member country of the Commonwealth, but Britain had to change its position to demand everybody coming from outside Britain, but a few (especially Australia, New Zealand,US and Anglophone Caribbean nations ) to take English language test. The position of Britain was taken for political reasons knowing that there was an influx of students from the European community going to study in the UK at a local fee (imagine), but their level of English was ashhh sorrowful as compared to us. So to appease governments in the EU, Britain pretended to level the playing field by saying all students should be tested in English language when in actual fact it knew very well it was punishing students from the Commonwealth member countries where English has remained the official language. The major reason why most students from the EU preferred to study in Britain was not necessarily to acquire internationally recognised qualifications, but to learn English and in fact some of these countries used to come from countries where their education system is much stronger. Why demand students from the Commonwealth countries to take English language test to study in the UK when during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) our leaders communicate with the rest in English? To me this was a clear demonstration of double standards by Britain which started when Cameron became the Prime Minister. The man was only interested to negotiate with countries within the EU, but could not give a damn for negotiations with African leaders in the Commonwealth for instance. I am also happy Cameroon is leaving, now its time to look at this development positively as a citizen from a member of the Commonwealth and we want the next Prime Minister to reverse this decision. Britain should not be making easy money through fee payment to write English language test, but consolidating the principles of the Commonwealth and the benefits it offers to its members, otherwise we shall advocate to get out of this club just like Zimbabwe did.

    1. Martin Nyirenda says:

      So your argument is only based on immigration from Commonwealth. What is commonwealth? A club of Britain and is former British colonies is not a Free Trade Area or an economic regime. It does not offer any rights. So watchout your comments.

  6. Thitherward says:

    What lessons can Malawi learn from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union?

    Well, first of all, it’s worth noting that the majority of those who voted for leaving were people from the English rural areas and small towns? These are people who feel that their government in London is indifferent to their best interests and that the administration in Brussels is even less in touch with their needs and wants. The vast majority of Malawians feel the same way about our government. The silent majority will not remain silent for ever. We know that the people of the towns and cities – the 17% – think of us as some form of slightly superior farm animal, but we shall teach you the truth. [I say ‘you’ because I know that most of those who have access to the internet are among the 17%. You should feel vulnerable because the 83% constitute the sleeping rural giant that threatens your unhampered theft of the nation’s resources.]

    It is also interesting to note that northerners in both countries seem to be better educated and less generously supplied with material assets than those to the south. The Scots now threaten to secede from the union; how long will it be before our northerners do the same once again?

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