United Kingdom and other countries from Eastern and Southern Africa have signed a continuity agreement to ensure that the trade between the UK and the African countries concerned will not be disrupted by Brexit.
The countries concerned are the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe.
These countries had, in 2009, signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). At that time, the UK had been a member of the EU, but it is currently in the process of leaving the bloc.
British Trade Minister George Hollingbery, who signed the agreement on behalf of the UK, said: “The continuity agreement … marks our commitment to help developing countries increase trade and boost economies both across Africa and the UK.
“The agreement will allow businesses in Eastern and Southern Africa to continue trading with the UK without any tariffs and lays the foundations for our ambitious trade for development agenda. Africa’s long-term success matters to the UK which is why we are investing in, and partnering with, African nations for our mutual benefit.”