UK diplomat assures of continued cooperation after Brexit

first_imgAs uncertainty spreads across the world and with a number of countries gearing up to receive theBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinnrepercussions of the BREXIT fallout, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, is reassuring that nothing will change in Guyana; however, he indicated that avenues may pop up for the local sugar industry.During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, the UK Diplomat guaranteed that whatever consequences will follow the relationship between Guyana and Great Britain will remain undefiled.“Looking to the longer term, I don’t see any change in the UK’s approach to Guyana. I don’t see any less a commitment and I don’t see any less support coming here,” he said.He explained that the United Kingdom is awaiting a new Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty since David Cameron has resigned and refused to lead this process.Until Article 50 is invoked, the process of leaving the EU will not commence.“The rights and responsibilities and obligations that the UK has as a member of the EU and that the EU has to the UK remain exactly the same. And even when that process is launched, it is going to take at least probably two years. We are talking about a long and complicated process,” he outlined.When further prompted, Quinn agreed that BREXIT may open opportunities for stakeholders in the local sugar industry to capitalise on but he cautioned that it is rather difficult to predict how events will unfold during these initial stages.“I don’t honestly know. I haven’t spoken to Tate and Lyle since the result. I don’t know and I’m not sure that they might know the actual impact of that change so at the moment, I can’t really comment… Tate and Lyle are probably thinking about it but to say what it exactly means, I don’t think anyone has come to a concrete conclusion,” he explained.UK Tate and Lyle Sugars had complained in the past of the negative impacts of the EU regulations on their operations.Guyana’s sugar which had been shipped to Britain to the Tate and Lyle Sugar (TLS) on the Thames for refining was incorporated into the EU regime in 1973 and modified accordingly in the following years.Cane sugar has been treated as a stepchild and TLS has seen its refineries gradually decrease from six to one.In 2012, TLS launched a “Save our Sugar” campaign and asserted, “If current and proposed EU policies continue to unfairly restrict access to raw sugar, cane refiners will not survive as part of the supply mix in Europe’s sugar sector”.In the next two years, according to Article 50 of the EU Charter, Britain and the EU will be negotiating the terms of the former’s exit. The EU’s entire sugar regime which addresses three main areas: quota management, a reference price and a minimum guaranteed price to growers, and trade measures, will have to be replaced by Britain with a new regime.Because beet farming in Britain has never been on a scale as say France and Germany, and British farmers never received subsidies on the scale of their European counterparts.TLS has been leading the charge for renegotiation of cane sugar trade arrangements before the old arrangement expired in 2017. It can be a potent ally with countries such as Guyana.Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had already pronounced that Guyana will not face any immediate impact as a result of BREXIT.Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Barlett had announced that steps to secure UK market in light of Brexit were taken, given its significance to the tourism industry.On the other hand, concerns are abound that Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries may follow the example set by the UK, and initiate a process to exit Caricom.Already, authoritative voices in Jamaica placed on their national agenda the question of whether their country should follow the example of Britain, the former “Mother Country”, and leave Caricom.In fact, the former Foreign Affairs Minister in Jamaica, Oswald Harding, is insisting that the Jamaican Government should follow the UK’s referendum on the EU and hold a similar one on whether Jamaica should remain in Caricom.Over the years, several Member States have publicly subscribed to the view that the institution has been incapable of addressing the challenges facing the Caribbean.With the Caricom Summit to be hosted in Guyana next month, Government has not pronounced on whether or not it will consider exiting Caricom.last_img read more


LISTEN: Antonio Conte likely to STAY at Chelsea, Roma chief tells talkSPORT

first_imgAntonio Conte is likely to stay at Chelsea beyond this season as he will be keen to lead the club in the Champions League.That’s the verdict of Roma chief executive Umberto Gandini, who joined talkSPORT on Tuesday to reflect on the Italian manager’s dream debut season in the Premier League.Conte is on the brink of seeing his Chelsea side being crowned champions in his first year in English football, after their 3-0 win over Middlesbrough meant they need just three points from their final three games to claim the title.But there are fears the Blues could lose their boss, with reports over the past number of months linking Conte with a shock return to Italy.Newly-minted Inter Milan are supposedly plotting an audacious contract offer to tempt Conte back to his homeland this summer, as their new Chinese owners looks to get the club back challenging for top honours.However, Gandini – who has known Conte since the early days of his playing career at Juventus – believes it is unlikely the manager would want to leave Chelsea now having sealed the Blues’ spot in next season’s Champions League.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, he said: “There are very few coaches who are able to totally change the destiny of a club, and if you go through the speculation in the newspapers, yes, there are a few clubs who are looking at Antonio.“Antonio is going to make a fantastic statement by winning the Premier League in his first year and I tend to think he would like to play with Chelsea in the Champions League, but you never know.”Another Italian who could soon be on his way to the Premier League, if speculation is to be believed, is Massimiliano Allegri.Juventus have gone from strength to strength under the 49-year-old’s stewardship, and he has been hailed as the man destined to take over from Arsene Wenger when he eventually ends his long Arsenal reign.The Turin giants are poised to lift their third consecutive Serie A title under Allegri, having also won the previous three campaigns under now-Chelsea boss Conte.And Gandini says Arsenal will have their work cut out for them to tempt the manager to leave Juventus and take over at the Emirates Stadium.“Massimiliano is a very, very good coach – I worked with him at AC Milan and we won a league together,” he added.“He’s doing exceptionally well at Juventus. He’s definitely in the same class [as Conte].“I think Massimiliano would be successful [in the Premier League] but I think Juventus will be very strong to keep him.”last_img read more