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BREXIT: The long view – The View from Europe – By David Jessop

David Jessop

 Commentary: BREXIT: By David Jessop

Despite the British electorate having voted to leave the European Union (EU) two and half years ago, there is still no consensus on how to proceed.

As had been wholly predictable for months, the week past showed very publicly that there is no majority in Britain’s Parliament for the UK government’s proposed solution. Instead, all that its divided political parties and their factions could agree on was what they did not want, offering instead irreconcilable options along a continuum that runs from remaining in the EU to crashing out with no deal at all.

To make matters worse, the time left to resolve the matter is diminishing. Unless the UK parliament, the UK government and then the EU agree to change Britain’s date of departure, the UK is legally bound to leave on March 29.          Continue reading

Caribbean implications as the UK bids Europe farewell – By David Jessop

Caribbean implications as the UK bids Europe farewell – By David Jessop

By David Jessop  – Published on June 25, 2016

David Jessop

David Jessop

On June 23, by a small majority, the British people voted to remove themselves from the European Union (EU). The decision has consequences for the Caribbean.
After a vitriolic campaign and the tragic murder of one member of Parliament, a hugely divided Britain decided by 52 percent to 48 percent that it would stand alone and, as it were, reset its relationship not just with Europe but with the whole world.

While London, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the vast majority of the young voted in favour of remaining in, those who had not benefitted from the EU relationship and economic globalisation in the country’s old industrial heartlands and on the coast and at its rural fringes, voted to leave.   Continue reading

Guysuco should get out of sugar- APNU; GAWU wants studies

Guysuco should get out of sugar- APNU; GAWU wants studies done

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 – Demerara Waves

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APNU’s Joseph Harmon (left) and his coalition colleague, Tony Vieria

A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Tony Vieria on Tuesday said the highly indebted and low-producing Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuco) should be significantly scaled down and the lands used for fish farming and cane-derived ethanol.

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), however, wants studies to be first conducted about the prospects for those alternatives.  Continue reading

The EU’s Changing policy towards Cuba – by David Jessop

The European Union’s Changing policy towards Cuba – A Wake-up Call


By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. Jan. 30, 2014: The President of the European Commission (EC), José Manuel Barroso, has confirmed that Europe is presently in the process of debating a significant change in its policy towards Cuba.

Speaking recently to journalists in Madrid, Mr. Barroso, who is a former Portuguese Prime Minister, said that the European Union (EU) is discussing the possibility of modifications to its Cuba policy, and that this will require the blessing of all of Europe’s 28 member countries. He also reaffirmed the EU’s long-standing wish for there to be change in Cuba in relation to human rights, and its continuing desire to see the adoption of western democratic norms.  Continue reading

The Commonwealth: the Black and White of It – Sir Ronald Sanders

The Commonwealth: the Black and White of It

By Sir Ronald Sanders 

Thursday, August 29, 2013 –    Huntington News Net

Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of the British Capital City, London, has joined in a chorus of voices in the Conservative Party that has been calling for Britain to abandon its membership of the European Union (EU) and to look instead to the Commonwealth of Nations as “countries that offer immense opportunities for British goods, people, services and capital”.

This is a huge reversal from 1971 when the then leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of Britain, Edward Heath, told the House of Commons that the idea that the Commonwealth might become “an effective economic and political let alone military bloc had never been realised”.  On the contrary, he argued, it was generally accepted that that trade with the Commonwealth overseas, unlike that with the European Common Market, held no prospect of dynamic growth. Britain’s subsequent entry to what is now the European Union (EU) in 1973 put an end to any further development of the Commonwealth as preferential trading group.   Continue reading