A leading anti-Brexit voice within the UK political establishment calls for a democratic exit from the EU to firm up closer ties with the Commonwealth.
Some Brexiteers have promoted the Commonwealth as an alternative to membership of the European Union (EU). In truth, the European Union and the Commonwealth are each stronger with Britain playing a leading role in both. And Britain is stronger too. The most effective way to exercise global influence is to remain a member of the largest, borderless single market in the world, with a leading role in its political institutions. As a member of the European Union, we have been able to work with our friends in Europe to bring Commonwealth nations into free trade deals for many years, not least through the African, Caribbean and Pacific Partnership.
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