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Sanctions: Nothing changes after Brexit, EU envoy tells Zim

2016-07-01 13:08
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Harare - The European Union (EU) ambassador to Zimbabwe, Philip Van Damme, has reportedly told Zimbabwe that Britain's exit (Brexit) from the bloc does not change its position on the southern African country. 

According to New Zimbabwe, Van Damme said that nothing would change regarding EU's  relation with Harare. 

He emphasised that the bloc had a "common" position, thus, all member states were following the same policies.

"Individual member states do not impose anything and nothing changes if any member state may or may not leave EU. We have a shared vision and that vision is based on objective facts and an analysis of the situation," Van Damme was quoted saying.

Britain shocked the world recently when it voted to leave the European regional body.

Britons cast aside warnings of isolation and economic disaster to vote 52% to 48% in favour of quitting the EU in a referendum last month.

The EU and the United States imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe in 2000, after they accused President Robert Mugabe of trampling on human rights, rigging elections and repression of press freedom - accusations that the veteran leader denied. 

The sanctions led to devastating economic challenges, with the country reportedly now sitting with about 85% unemployment.


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