Oxford Brookes lecturer contributes to parliamentary report on post-Brexit trade between UK and Africa

Friday, 03 March 2017

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Dr Stephen Hurt, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, recently attended an event at Westminster where the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group launched its report on post-Brexit trade between UK and Africa.

The Future of Africa-UK Trade and Development Cooperation Relations in the Transitional and Post Brexit Period report includes a series of essays by leading practitioners and scholars, the structure of which Stephen was consulted on at an early stage of the project. This is an important political debate at present as the UK moves towards domestic competency on trade policy for the first time since it joined the EU in 1973.

Drawing on research that Stephen has conducted on EU trade and development policy to Africa over a number of years, his own contribution was an essay entitled UK-Africa Trade Within and Outside of the European Union: From Lomé to Brexit. This reviewed the long history of Europe's trade relations with Africa, which have been couched in explicitly developmental rhetoric. This approach is interrogated within the essay in order to inform the analysis of how the UK might develop an independent trade policy to Africa outside of the EU.