The Commonwealth delusion: why “Empire 2.0” is no substitute for the EU

Liam Fox and Boris Johnson are promoting an economic fantasy. 

For decades, the Commonwealth was regarded as an antiquated relic. Unlike the EU and Nato, the association of 53 countries (almost all former British colonies) is neither an economic nor a military superpower. It has no supranational authority; most politicians privately describe it as a mere talking shop. When Ukip’s 2010 manifesto proposed a “Commonwealth Free Trade Area” it was a viewed as a mark of the party’s outmodedness.

But as Commonwealth leaders assemble in...
source: New Statesman

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