UK News As Boris Johnson will discover to his cost, the UK needs Africa, but it does not need us

19:30  19 january  2020
19:30  19 january  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

As Brexit nears, Johnson pushes for deeper trade ties with Africa

  As Brexit nears, Johnson pushes for deeper trade ties with Africa As Brexit nears, Johnson pushes for deeper trade ties with AfricaAfter securing Britain's departure from the EU, the world's largest trading bloc, on Jan. 31, Johnson is keen to develop business ties with countries outside Europe.

Boris Johnson 's appointment as the UK foreign secretary is raising eyebrows in Africa due to his During the referendum debate, Mr Johnson suggested that US President Barack Obama, who He needs to up his diplomatic game despite his full Brexit in-tray - no part of modern Africa will stand

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Boris Johnson has displayed repulsive views on Africa. He has been racist, with a column referring to “tribal warriors” breaking out in “watermelon smiles” to see “the big white chief” Tony Blair. He has been crass, writing about “little Aids-ridden choristers” singing a welcome. He has been ignorant, brushing aside a continent of 54 nations as “that country” in a speech. He has been dismissive, saying “the continent may be a blot, but it is not a blot on our conscience”. And he has been arrogant about our destructive colonial legacy, claiming “the problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more”.

Johnson calls for more investment in Africa

  Johnson calls for more investment in Africa The UK-Africa Investment Summit, hosted by the PM will bring together 21 African countries with UK and African companies. The Government states that deals worth billions of pounds will be announced at the gathering.At the summit, the Prime Minister will announce an end to UK support for thermal coal mining or coal power plants overseas, ending direct official development assistance, investment and export credit.The summit will be attended by African leaders such as President Sisi of Egypt, President Kenyatta of Kenya, and President Buhari of Nigeria.

If it had been needed , the backstop would have kept the UK in a close trading relationship with the EU and avoided checks altogether. However, the vote did not go ahead. Image caption Prime Minister Boris Johnson 's Conservatives have a majority of 80 seats.

Boris Johnson had to ask the EU for an extension to the UK 's 31 October exit date after MPs backed a Media captionSir Oliver Letwin: Brexit deal "is not perfect but it will do ". Mr Letwin himself told the BBC's Andrew Marr The UK needs to pass a law to implement the withdrawal agreement - the part

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But that was the past. Now he is prime minister, not an attention-seeking columnist. So he says those silly articles were “wholly satirical”. Suddenly he needs Africa to validate his blurred vision of Brexit, with hazy talk of “global Britain” and a brighter future unshackled from our main trading partner. On 20 Janury he will host African politicians and business leaders at an investment summit in London to showcase his brave new world, while ministers have started spewing out statistics to show off their newly discovered knowledge of “that country” like excitable gap-year students.

It is all rather pitiful. There is, of course, desperate need for this country to engage properly with the many and diverse African nations – although ironically this move comes just as the continent signs up to its own free-trade zone.

UK looks to fast-growing Africa for trade ties after Brexit

  UK looks to fast-growing Africa for trade ties after Brexit LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted the U.K. as an ideal business partner for Africa on Monday as the U.K. prepares for post-Brexit dealings with the world. But Britain faces tough challenges as it seeks to assert itself on a continent with several of the world’s fastest-growing economies and whose youthful 1.2 billion population is set to double by 2050. Far fewer of Africa’s 54 heads of state or government are attending the first U.K.-Africa Investment Summit than the dozens who attended the first Russia-Africa summit last year or the gatherings China regularly holds.The U.K.

Johnson will need to do just that. At the election his party broke through the “red wall”, winning scores of He has ahead of him the huge task of negotiating the UK ’s future relationship with the EU March’s budget is a huge moment for Boris Johnson to show he is serious about helping the regions

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The statistics of change on the continent are extraordinary, as seen by any regular visitor. Life expectancy surging, literacy spreading, infant mortality plummeting, diseases defeated. Ethiopia, still associated with famine in many minds due to the corrosive Live Aid legacy, was the world’s fastest-growing economy over the past decade.  The continent’s average growth this century has been 4.6 per cent.

The continent is rich in minerals, rapidly urbanising, and exporting culture and home to half the world’s land with cultivation potential.

Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in 2019. Johnson begged el-Sisi to attend this week's summit. for bilateral talks during the G7 summit. (Picture: Dylan Martinez - Pool/Getty Images)

Then there is population growth, both a boon and a curse for countries grappling with development. It is predicted that Africa’s population of 1.2 billion will double by midst of this century, making it bigger than China and India combined and home to one in four consumers. The United Nations thinks it could swell to four billion by end of this century, which would mean one-third of humans on our planet living in the lands stretching from South Africa to Morocco.

PM’s ‘People before passports’ pledge to Africa in post-Brexit trade pitch

  PM’s ‘People before passports’ pledge to Africa in post-Brexit trade pitch Boris Johnson was tempting premiers from across the continent with the UK’s financial and education systems at an investment summit in London.The Prime Minister was tempting premiers from across the continent with the UK’s financial and education systems as he opened his investment summit in London’s Docklands on Monday.

The Tories now represent areas of the country with needs and concerns that have been alien to the party for decades.

The clock will tick down to 23:00 GMT, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson will give a "special" But the plans do not include Big Ben chiming, after Commons authorities said the cost could not be A campaign to find the £500,000 needed to make Big Ben ring when the UK leaves the EU has raised

Clearly it is in British interests to build strong relationships with these countries. But Johnson, sadly, has typified the patronising view held by too many others – that Africa is a basket case, filled with lesser people and better off when much of the map was covered with our flag. This myopic stance has led to blinkered policies on immigration that sanctions drowning of African migrants, funds their detention by Libyan militia, and erects ever-higher hurdles to ensure that even a short visit to Britain for work or tourism becomes a complicated, costly visa nightmare.

It leads also to foolish aid policies fuelled by a self-glorifying saviour mentality, which feed corruption, foster dictatorship and cripple democracy. Alok Sharma, the latest minister for international development, talks of using aid to boost business, yet these programmes are often among the most nebulous of schemes that only help the fattest cats in this bloated industry. ‘‘We don’t know how to do it,” confessed his predecessor Rory Stewart. “We can’t, I’m afraid, create jobs for those people.”

Prince Harry meets African leaders in London

  Prince Harry meets African leaders in London Prince Harry meets African leaders in LondonHarry said on Sunday that there was no option but for him and his American wife Meghan to step back from their royal roles in a deal with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth and senior Windsors that would allow them a more independent future.

Boris Johnson will return to Downing Street with a big majority after the Conservatives swept aside The prime minister said it would give him a mandate to "get Brexit done " and take the UK out of the Mr Johnson has addressed cheering party workers at Conservative headquarters, telling them there

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson will take centre stage, among the Africa has to be a significant priority for UK business and UK investment.” For most of his career “People and companies in [ the UK ] need to look at Africa as a hugely important investment destination and investment opportunity

'Trade trumps morality as Britain backs the Big Men, despite the desperation for change from young people'

Last month Johnson called Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to beg the brutal Egyptian strongman to join his summit, ignoring how this former spy chief has crushed dissent, jailed dissidents and eradicated free expression. Earlier this month Andrew Stephenson, minister for Africa, flew to Uganda to pay homage to Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the nation with an iron fist and sticky fingers since 1986. Days earlier there had been the latest arrest of his brave rival, the pop star turned politician Bobi Wine, after police broke up a rally with tear gas and detained journalists.

Trade trumps morality as Britain backs the Big Men, despite the demographics and desperation for change from young people. Yet all that £3bn of aid being sprayed annually around the continent, all that pandering to grubby despots, has not stopped our share of Africa’s imports from slumping sharply over recent decades. It is foolish to blame poor performance on European Union membership when France, Germany and Italy now export more than double the value of our goods there, although the City’s strength ensures a strong investment presence.

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African leaders lobby Boris Johnson for closer economic ties after Brexit

  African leaders lobby Boris Johnson for closer economic ties after Brexit The Prime Minister hosted the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London . Mr Johnson was hosting African leaders and senior government representatives during the summit, aimed at strengthening the UK’s economic partnership with African nations (Photo: Getty)Several leaders suggested that Brexit would prove an opportunity for their countries to become closer to the UK. Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Kenya, said: "Now with the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth’s largest economy, no longer obliged to ringfence its economy with tariffs, this mission will be given a jolt of vitality.

What is Boris Johnson 's deal with the EU? Conservative majority - deal passed. During this period the UK will effectively remain in the EU's customs union and single market - but will be Mr Johnson has argued that as the UK is completely aligned to EU rules, the negotiation should be straightforward.

" Do we want to go down the Boris Johnson proposals of diverging from our major trading partner and deregulating our economy Are there plans in the UK to hold a general election, a second referendum or a referendum on the new Brexit deal? Or is a bit more time needed to pass Brexit-related legislation?

For all the hype and pageantry surrounding this summit, Britain has seemed disengaged during the latest scramble for Africa as it squandered links of history, language and, more recently, of football. Countries such as Turkey and India feverishly expanded diplomatic footprints, Russia has flexed its military muscle. The French President Emmanuel Macron has visited 13 times since his election in 2017, admitting colonialism was “a grave mistake” on his last trip, while Theresa May went once in three years as prime minister. Little wonder 51 African leaders went to China’s last trade shindig, 50 to an American event and 43 accepted Vladimir Putin’s invitation – but only 15 leaders were confirmed for London at last count.

It is good to see Westminster waking up over Africa. But if post-Brexit Britain wants to help the continent it should stop pandering to dictators and pouring aid into their pockets. It must show more humanity with migration policies and less hostility to artists, entrepreneurs, tourists and traders visiting our shores. It needs to tackle the obscenity of our tax havens and stop pin-striped pimps – the greedy bankers, lawyers and estate agents – stashing loot stolen from public resources.

Above all, it must finally accept Africans as equals – not people to be mocked, pitied or saved.

Ian Birrell is an i columnist and award-winning foreign correspondent. Twitter: @ianbirrell

Harry ‘flies back to Canada’ as William continues royal duties .
Meghan pictured walking on Vancouver Island with baby Archie and two dogs.Harry left the UK after meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson and world leaders at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, which is likely to be one of his few remaining official engagements before the Sussexes take their “leap of faith” and leave the monarchy in the spring.

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