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  • For several months preceding the United Kingdom’s Referendum held on 23rd June 2016, in which the people of that country voted on whether to ‘Remain’ in or to ‘Leave’ the membership of the European Union (EU)...
  • Since then, the Ministry has been keenly watching the events unfolding in the United Kingdom and Europe as a result of that event and in particular, possible implication for Jamaica, CARICOM, CARIFORUM and the wider ACP Group.
  • It will be recalled that the UK joined the then European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973. Prior to that, its application for membership was vetoed on two occasions, in 1963 and 1969, respectively.

Senate Statement
By Senator The Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
on
The Implications of the United Kingdom’s Vote to Leave the European Union
Friday, 1st July 2016

Mr. President
Honourable Members,

For several months preceding the United Kingdom’s Referendum held on 23rd June 2016, in which the people of that country voted on whether to ‘Remain’ in or to ‘Leave’ the membership of the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had begun to examine the possible implications for Jamaica of the vote to leave the Union (Brexit).

That decision to withdraw from membership of the EU is now a reality. Like many other countries around the world, Jamaica was very surprised at the outcome of the referendum. The shock resounded immediately in the global financial markets.

Since then, the Ministry has been keenly watching the events unfolding in the United Kingdom and Europe as a result of that event and in particular, possible implication for Jamaica, CARICOM, CARIFORUM and the wider ACP Group.

Background
It will be recalled that the UK joined the then European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973. Prior to that, its application for membership was vetoed on two occasions, in 1963 and 1969, respectively. Its membership was ratified in a referendum in 1975 with a 67% vote in favour of remaining in the Community.

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