Change in Caricom diplomacy urged after ‘Brexit’ vote

Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Doctor Vaughan Lewis, has asserted that there needs to be a change in the diplomacy of Caricom after the ‘Brexit’ vote.

“Diplomacy now suggests that we put a greater effort into dealing with and ensuring new connections with Europe itself, “Lewis said after the UK voted to exit the European Union.

The former Saint Lucia leader was of the opinion that Caricom diplomacy has to put greater emphasis on establishing firmer relations with various members of the EU, in addition to Britain.

Lewis, a former director of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) observed that Saint Lucia and other Caribbean countries have had long established relations with Britain.

He noted that Caribbean countries are part of the EU/ACP partnership.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has ruled out a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership.

Cameron announced after the ‘Brexit’ vote that he would step down as Prime Minister.

Lewis noted that as a result of the ‘Brexit’ vote, Britain was experiencing much turmoil.

“The demand for change has come from within the governing Conservative party itself, not from the opposition,” Lewis asserted.

He observed that this has created a certain amount of instability and uncertainty in the decision making of the British government.

The former Prime Minister said the uncertainty started to affect the opposition Labour party as well.

Lewis noted that the British government is going to be very diverted and overwhelmed in dealing with its own problems.

As a result he felt that the region will have to increase its efforts in dealing with the British administration and engaging the European Union.

“We have to seek to monitor very closely now the direction which the British government will take,” the former Prime Minister said.

He was of the view that if Britain eventually exits the European Union, Caribbean countries will lose the strength of British diplomacy in the EU.





  1. Sad-But-True
    June 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Take a page from an Intellectual, Allen Boy!

  2. Anonymous
    June 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    This is lesson for professional politicians and the political elite.
    Listen to the people or when the election referendum comes the people will express their rights to vote.
    The remain camp refused to address the main issue to Joe Bloggs
    Migration and Immigration.
    Closer to home the SLP are no longer in office because the elitist leadership of the party refused to listen to cry of its rank and file members that all was not well.
    Furthermore there will not be an SLP government until the party is prised from the elitist and returned to George Charles values of bread freedom and justice instead of croissants, cronyism and vindictiveness.

    1. Sad-But-True
      June 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Stop the Madness! You can’t compare Elections won on Lies and Deceit to self Governance of Pride. The English are a sophisticated people who have sacrificed to ensure their country thrive and maintain a standard of living for even you, having a longing to visit and enjoy. They are nothing compared to a bunch of ill-informed illiterate islanders who are active beggars of Politicians like savages howling on mountain tops. St. Lucians are NOT of this tree. But a specimen who allows talk show hosts to be their thought process. Go and throw your silly rant in the garbage!

      1. Anonymous
        June 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        Look who is talking! the SLP gravy train done! Sad But True!

    2. Anonymous
      June 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Could not have said it better myself. The whole SLP crop of arrogance and vindictiveness have to removed together with the chairman and the other hanger-ons. I can only see two or perhaps three of the winning members worth staying in that party. otherwise they all have to be cleaned out.

  3. Sad-But-True
    June 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Self Governance and Pride

    1. lala
      June 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      I say pure unbridled ARROGANCE

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