ABUJA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI, has said that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, EU, will have negative consequences on the nation’s economy. President of ACCI, Mr. Tony Ejikeoyen stated this over the weekend in Abuja. He said before now, the foremost assessment among foreign policy analysts around the world is that a British exit from the EU (Brexit) would reduce rather than enhance the UK’s standing and influence. According to him, “Now that the referendum has taken place, the first practical impact of Brexit is that the pound and Euro is already falling against the dollar on the foreign exchange markets, which is encouraging for the Naira. “The markets anticipate that Brexit may be bad for the economy, and so investors are likely to move their money out of the UK and of course Nigeria may benefit,” he said. Ejikeoyen said that Brexit will no doubt create anxiety for Nigeria’s policy makers due to slide in global markets at this time that Nigeria is trying to revive the economy which is at the edge of a recession and only recently liberalized her foreign exchange market The chambers boss said that bilateral trade between Nigeria and the UK, currently valued at 6 billion pounds and projected to reach about 20 billion pounds by 2020 may be disrupted as trade agreements contracted under the umbrella of the EU have to be renegotiated. He said, “Besides, data from the National Bureau of Statistics show that the UK was Nigeria’s largest source of foreign investment in 2015. “Thus, a decelerating British economy could impact a drop in investment, trade, and also remittances from the Nigerian Diaspora who sent home over 20 billion dollars in 2015. In addition, reduced trade and investment from Britain may not necessarily be taken up by the rest of the EU”. He said that a shrinking UK economy would definitely have a significant impact on aid programmes to Nigeria, especially DFID, programmes, which have been a burning political issue in the UK.
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