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Commonwealth leaders meet: why this group is vital post-Brexit!

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Commonwealth leaders from around the world are meeting in London this week. The official Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is being held at Buckingham Palace. This is the chance for over 50 countries to come together and discuss important issues such as climate change, trade, and communication.

However, this is not just a regular Commonwealth meeting, because the UK is in a crucial phase of ensuring that Brexit becomes a success, and the this historic grouping of nations is crucial for the UK’s future.

The Queen opened proceedings with a speech, which has caught the headlines because she urged Heads of Governments to selected Prince Charles as the official Heir to the Commonwealth.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles

The Head of the Commonwealth is unlike the Head of State as it is not hereditary. However, everyone expects that the Committee, which will decide on Friday, that Prince Charles will be selected.

Aside from the formalities of the Royal Family, this opportunity MUST be taken by the UK government to maintain our strong links with this group of nations.

Throughout the Brexit debate, the idea that we have rejected the Commonwealth economic opportunities was a major pull-factor for voting to leave the EU.

We all heard countless times from prominent Brexiteers, such as Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, that we should be able to trade freely with our Commonwealth friends.

Some may argue that the Commonwealth would not help us due to some of the harsh historic implications of Colonialism and how if affected their countries. However, this is completely wrong.

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Commonwealth photo with all of the Heads of Government

The UK government presently donates foreign aid and develops many projects in the Commonwealth countries to ensure that there is still a positive relationship.

Therefore, Brexit presents a clear opportunity to further develop our relationship with these countries and to ensure that the future looks positive!

 

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