No Brexit for CARICOM, says Sir Hilary

One regional academic is warning that Britain’s separation from the European Union (EU) will impact the economies of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states and is urging regional leaders not to allow this to influence a similar decision in the group.

University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said Britain’s exit from the EU will pose both short and long term threats to the economic performance of CARICOM.

“Every aspect of Caribbean life will be adversely affected by this development; from trade relations to immigration, tourism to financial relations and cultural engagements to foreign policy,” Sir Hilary said in a media release yesterday.

“There will be a significant redefinition and reshaping of CARICOM -UK engagements. The region’s fragile economic recovery is threatened,” he said further.


According to the noted UWI academic, Britain’s action “is a desperate attempt to reinvent a still idealized past in which Englishness is celebrated as a distinct standard not to be entangled or diminished by deep association”.

He said the surprise development should not be taken lightly, as it also threatens regional economic institutions as they are currently structured.

As a result, Sir Hilary said the UWI will be putting on a symposium to facilitate an indepth academic reflection with a view of stimulating action ahead of this week’s meeting of the regional heads of CARICOM.

“CARICOM should use this development in order to deepen and strengthen its internal operations and external relations to the wider world. It’s a moment for CARICOM to come closer together rather than drift apart,” the UWI vice chancellor advised.

“The region should not be seen as mirroring this mentality of cultural and political insularity, but should reaffirm the importance of regionalism within the global context for the future.”


Source: Jamaica Gleaner

6 Responses to No Brexit for CARICOM, says Sir Hilary

  1. Alex Alleyne June 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    And we PM doing a “wait and see”. Its an economic war going on out there Mr. PM.

  2. BaJan boy June 27, 2016 at 12:58 am

    We PM poor fellow ain’t got a clue just waiting for someone to lead the way. Carson C Cadogan would wake him up and let him know that somebody started the conversation so he would at least got a little track he and the rest of DEM to run on. Bunch of dishonest iliterate jokers.

  3. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker June 27, 2016 at 3:46 am

    There is three English islands that carry the most influence in the Region, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, Jamaica do not need Caricom, and there are aware of it.
    Jamaica is not an equal export partner to any of the islands, and all the islands export there products to Jamaica. Jamaica has the Biggs population at home and abroad, there export partners is the US ,Europe, Japan and China.Caricom regional leaders interest, keep caricom united, keep Jamaica on board.

    • Donild Trimp June 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Ezekiel Baker (English 101)

      There “are” three English islands etc;

      All the islands export “their” products etc;

      Jamaica “does” not need etc;

      and “they” are aware etc;

      all the islands export “their” products etc;

      the “biggest” population etc;

      “their” export partners “are” the US, Europe etc;

  4. jrsmith June 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I regards (Sir Hillary ) as a leader with lots of respect for our Barbados. at this present time I disagree that the (UK) leaving the (EU) will effect the region, anything with financial connections effects the region because we are poor countries , with not being able to put any financial project together to bail each other out…
    Decade after decade we must stand at the cross roads ,with tin cup in hands waiting for our hand-outs from the mother country which we choose to claim our independence from, but we cant even save ourselves from a heavy shower of rain.. we have our (Independence /Dependency)..we will always be waiting, and waiting for that pity on us…
    Our problem in Barbados our people has allowed the politicians to deprive us ,of any social or economic strength for our people to prosper, as an educated people we are treated as fools as second class citizens, because there is no one who chooses to give any respect to our people to answer any questions which might be ask of them.. Our politicians has degraded and damage our people so intense, that a lot of bajans are being driven to crime to survive…
    Again anything will damage us because we have no political establishment, because the people with the financial strength need not be involve in Barbados politics and will always have the balance of financial power..

    The (UK) leaving the (EU) and us we must realize the (EU) never really give the light of day for the countries in the commonwealth , what little they give was part of what the (UK) paid in, this is a moment we must educate ourselves to understand what it means to be in a powerful political and financial position, the (EU) needs the (UK) the (UK) doesn’t need them..
    My point we are so economically starve, that we think loosing couple thousand visitors or the pound falling few points is going to completely destroy our island , this is the wake up call we wanted. lets see how educated we are…but we have nothing to worry about, the (UK) control for decades 1/3 of the world they give us our parliamentary infrastructure….

    The people of the (UK) democratically decided they want they country back , this giving the crooked bankers and twisted financial institutions and the establishment a bloody nose.. what is the fuss all about, the (UK) leaving 28 countries most of whom is poor, with mass employment, very low wages , bad economies most of them broke and cover in far right political activist this leaving the (EU) was going to happen because the (EU) is finished…

  5. jrsmith June 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Correction on my part, mass unemployment…


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