MEXICO: Mexit: The Return of Distant Neighbors


Lorenzo Meyer analyzes Mexico's "double crisis" - an external crisis caused by the relationship with the U.S., and an internal political crisis characterized by corruption and impunity.

In 2016, and following a referendum, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union in what has been called the “Brexit.” On November 8 of that same year, the United States’ presidential elections were won by the candidate of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, and at that moment, we saw the beginning of what we could call the “Mexit,” the departure of Mexico not so much from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), but rather from the long-term political project for our country, which had decided to change its spots in 1992. Twenty-five years ago, Mexico seemed to cease being a Latin American nation and began to transform itself, obeying geographic and economic imperatives in addition to the political will of its elites and with the acceptance of Washington, D.C., and Ottawa (in the third North American country). Today, everything indicates that Mexico has begun to reclaim its identity as a Latin American country.

Lorenzo Meyer
Publication date: 
January 10, 2017
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article