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The UK’s Africa Policy Post-Brexit

24 June 2021

On 24 June 2021, the EUISS and the Africa Working Party of the Council of the EU (COAFR) held their thirteenth meeting to discuss the UK’s Africa policy following Brexit and the implications for cooperation with the EU.

Dr Alex Vines (Chatham House) gave a reading of the evolution of the key tenants of the UK’s foreign policy towards Africa, highlighting a shift from development aid to the greater importance of trade as the main objective of post-Brexit Britain’s relations with African countries. He also focused on diplomatic ties, investment trends, security issues, implications of the UK’s Integrated Review, and prospects for improved cooperation with the EU. He finally provided key recommendations for EU-UK cooperation in Africa.   

EUISS-COAFR meetings are coordinated and chaired by EUISS Senior Analyst Giovanni Faleg.