JOHANNESBURG – Preparations are underway to ensure there’s little to no impact on South Africa’s business and trade relations with the European Union as official Brexit negotiations are set to begin next week.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger the talks between her country and the EU on Wednesday.
Last year, UK citizens voted in a referendum which marked a historic decision to leave the body.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says South African must be prepared for any impact.
“Various preparations will have to be made by our own trade ministry and others in government, together with yourselves to ensure that we’ve a smooth transition from whatever we’ve today as our agreements with the EU to whatever we’re going to have in the future.”
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)