The Future of Africa-UK Trade and Development Relations Post-Brexit

February 2017

The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (AAPPG) began work on a report into the impacts of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African states in December 2015. Following the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum vote in June 2016, the focus of this inquiry was changed to consider the lessons from the EPA negotiations for future UK trade policy post-Brexit. The final report features a summary of a study trip made by MPs to Southern Africa, a set of 11 essays and some overall policy recommendations. The final report was published in February 2017 and was then cited in a parliamentary debate by the Chair of the AAPPG, Chi Onwurah MP on 9 March 2017. The AAPPG report was also submitted to a recent International Trade Committee inquiry into the UK’s future trade relationships with developing countries, particularly those in the Commonwealth.

A key recommendation of the report is that in the short-term continuity of trade between Africa and the UK must be secured via a Generalised Scheme of Preferences and that longer-term the UK should aim to negotiate a trade agreement which truly supports Africa's regional integration agenda and the ambitions for an African Continental Free Trade Area.