On Friday, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was interviewed by NTV’s Victoria Rubadiri to discuss the possible outcomes following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
The UK is the second biggest economy and one of only three net contributors in the European Union, which has been funding numerous projects in Africa, such as the African Union Mission in Somalia and trade through the European Development Fund.
The British public’s decision to leave the EU also resulted in Prime Minister David Cameron, who had been supporting the Remain campaign, announcing his resignation.
This move put into doubt Mr Cameron’s planned State visit to Kenya which was due to take place next month.
When asked, Mr Hailey said “I do not comment on the Prime Minister’s diary but the relationship between Kenya and the UK will not be affected by the vote.”
According to Kenya’s Ambassador to Belgium and the EU Johnson Weru, Kenya stands to gain in terms of bilateral engagements. “We may gain from this exit in a minimal way. But in the fullness of time, what will give us direction is legislation that will be developed to give effect to the referendum.”