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Libyan reactions to UK Brexit

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

Britain decided to leave the European Union in a public referendum followed by the decision of the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to resign within three months so Conservative Party could elect another Prime Minister, who is pro Brexit.

Referendum results and the British decision is a historical event with real consequences in Britain, European Union and other places most importantly North Africa.

LIBYAPROSPECT observed different Libyan reactions that varied between citing lessons, questioning what the decision means for Libya.

The civil and political activist, Suliman Elbayoudi, addressed, on

Suliman Elbayoudi
Suliman Elbayoudi

his Facebook page, an open letter to the head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj. He reminds him of the current phase Libya is going through, warning of what he called “a massive explosion started since your entry to power as a de-facto government.”

Elbayoudi added that “I call you, as you are proposed to head a United Libyan command, and notables to take advantage of the British seismic decision, work hard to stop the bloodshed inside our homeland and launch national initiative to resolve the crisis, provide all needed hard concessions for Libya and for the sake of unity, as this is the last chance, regarding that Libyan political accord is the shortest way to stability”.

“Continuing with the same mechanisms will disintegrate Libya as a united national country, the coming twists are the most complicated,” said Elbayoudi.

He advised Al-Sarraj to be brave and resign because the resignation would revive hope in renewing reconciliation.

From his side, the writer Mohamed Buisier questioned, on his

Mohamed Buisier
Mohamed Buisier

Facebook account, the consequences regarding Britain’s foreign policies towards the Middle-East region, specifically for Libya. He said that “Britain will be more ravenous for economic resources in the region, fiercer in competition against traditional colonial powers like France.”

He added that “the new British leadership will be free from any European correlations based on the public vote, will get busy executing lone policy based on achieving only British interests.” He confirmed that Britain will seek to fill the gap left by American withdrawal from the Middle-East and North Africa, using the regions resourceful wealth, depending on its historical alliance with political Islam powers.

The boycotting member of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA). Badri Al-Sharief, said, on Facebook, that there are few

Badri Al-Sharief
Badri Al-Sharief

good lessons from the referendum results we should thoroughly think of, pointing that “Britain is four regions, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The results showed that two regions voted to remain, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and two regions voted to leave, England and Wales. But results were not determined based on regions but according to some voters. Which means democracy is not built on a geographical basis, major issues should be decided by the people and democratic principals, not regional quotas”.

He also spoke of the working committee draft of the CDA, especially the articles related to legislature authority, the Senate, articles 86, 91 and 93, which cite that 33% of the public can decide all vital laws regarding financial system, budget, local authority, natural resources, constitutional modifications, and other relevant legislation, even if not approved by the House of Representatives (HoR).

The writer, Hani Shennib, said that “there is no doubt economic

Hani Shennib
Hani Shennib

competition among European Union members and Britain shall increase, including competition on international markets. Despite the diminutive size of the Libyan economy, but Libya’s security and economic significance would generate more competition between Britain and Europe to establish a foothold on Libyan shores and future economic relations”.

He asked: “Would Britain overcome past security European deals about Libya, implement pragmatic schemes that guarantee rooted relations with the future Libyan government? But with what strategy?”.

“Libya should find resolutions without depending on European or British partners; otherwise, its fate will turn into a permanent ulcer, under which citizens would live, for a long time, with poverty and suffering,” Shennib said.