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CARICOM must not sacrifice own interests

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The Caribbean and the world have discussed Brexit. Some of our eminent thinkers have argued that Britain leaving the European Union (EU) is to exert control. Britain is leaving the EU because it in their national interest. Whether it be to control immigration, reduce the billions in dues or cumbersome bureaucracy, the Union was hindering their national interest.

Britain does not assist the Caribbean because they love us. They assist us because it is in their national interest. We are more than willing to align ourselves with them and push their international agenda. We must follow suit and push our national interest.




Is millions in aid worth billions in trade? We have not been able to get a favourable trade deal with the EU. I suspect they still see us as a source of their prosperity. The Caribbean must be mature and act instead of react. It's time to free ourselves from mental slavery. Let's put our national and regional interests before theirs. There are great geopolitical changes occurring - with Russia, China and corresponding banking. It is time for CARICOM to flex their muscles or become obsolete. Jamaica is the political envoy of CARICOM, so Jamaica's response will be indicative.

Brian Ellis Plummer