What Africa can learn from Britain’s failed experiment in regional integration

By a wafer-thin margin of 1.2 million votes, Britain last week voted to exit the European Union. The ongoing tussle between “Euroscepticism” and “Europhoria” seemed to have tilted in favour of the former.

The knock-on effects of the Brexit are just beginning to crystallize and, in truth, there is no telling whether the worst of the storm is behind us or still in the build-up phase waiting to pound. One critical issue, however, is what impact this will have for Africa’s economy. After all, the continent has been increasing regional integration over the past decade – and has looked to the European Union model as a guide.

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