‘Brexit won’t affect Nigerians living in UK in anyway’
Also, the aftershocks from Britain’s stunning decision to leave the EU continued yesterday, as the country’s politics and its relations with the world plunged into deeper uncertainty. United States (U.S.) Secretary of State, John Kerry, added previously unannounced stops in London and Brussels to his trip at the last minute.
Kerry plans to meet with British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and other officials as part of a process of maintaining ties with Washington’s top ally in a new era when Britain is less engaged with Europe.
U.S. President Barack Obama had urged Britain not to quit Europe. The two countries’ ‘Special Relationship’ – a phrase first used by the late prime minister, Winston Churchill – had enabled the United States to have a greater voice in the EU through Britain.
The Obama administration has reacted with concern to the Brexit referendum and what it will mean for relations with London and with the EU.But this will not in any way affect Nigerians living in the UK. Various opinions have been made on this decision and its implications on Nigerians living in the UK.
According to the Head, Department of Research and Strategic Studies, Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, Prof. Charles Dokubo, “This decision will not in any way affect Nigerians, their academics and businesses and jobs as they are only living in the country”.
Saying that Nigerians in Britain have nothing to do with exiting the EU because they only reside there, Prof. Dokubo added that Britain’s decision to leave the EU is just “a promise of self-mutilation. Britain is no longer as powerful as it used to be, hence can not survive staying out of the EU.”
Prof. Dokubo said that those who voted for the exit are now having an after-thought.“The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship,” President Obama said in a statement on Friday.
In London, Kerry will find a political situation in flux. Having lost his mandate in the referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation on Friday and has clearly indicated he will not be the one to negotiate the formalities of Britain’s separation from the EU.
Cameron is to name a negotiating team to begin the process, but the formal notification that would start the disengagement may not come until after October when a new prime minister, of Cameron’s Conservative party, is expected to take over.
Also, Labour MP, David Lammy, has called on Parliament to “stop this madness” and stop the referendum decision to leave the EU.In a statement on his Twitter feed, the MP for Tottenham and former Higher Education and Skills Minister said: “Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament. Our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU.
Despite it being legally possible for Parliament to not enact Brexit, doing so would cause uproar among those who voted to leave the EU. Despite it being close vote, the Leave side won with a majority of 51.9 per cent, with over one million more people than the Remain side.
UK post-Brexit opposition crisis has deepened as a string of Labour shadow cabinet members have quit, with more walkouts expected, in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership over the EU referendum.
Among those to resign are Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell and Ian Murray.It comes after shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was sacked after he told Mr. Corbyn he had lost confidence in him.
Mr. Corbyn faces a vote of no confidence following a “lacklustre” EU campaign but shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he “wasn’t going anywhere”.Mr. McDonnell and shadow cabinet members Andy Burnham, Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry have given Mr. Corbyn their support despite the resignations.
The series of shadow cabinet walkouts began yesterday morning, hours after Mr. Benn was sacked by the Labour leader.Meanwhile, shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker has said he is considering his position.