Archiv: Commonwealth


01.02.2020 - 18:56 [ SBS ]

As the United Kingdom leaves the EU, Maldives re-joins the Commonwealth

Maldives has re-joined the Commonwealth, bringing the total number of nations in the global organisation to 54, it has been announced.

The change came into effect at midnight on Saturday – just over an hour after the United Kingdom left the European Union.

24.11.2018 - 11:10 [ Artists for Brexit ]

Artists for Brexit bring you a fascinating commentary on the cultural and economic loss suffered as a result of our drift from the Commonwealth. A remarkable piece by author and journalist, Peter Mason.

Other countries would die for the traditional links we have with the bloc of countries that constitutes the Commonwealth. We have the inside track, based on a historical relationship with its members that – notwithstanding the old tensions of empire – has generally remained friendly and cooperative. Economists have suggested that due to the ‘commonalities’ of language, law and business practice across Commonwealth countries, the costs of each country trading with the other is typically 10-15 per cent lower than when dealing with other nations. Increasingly it has become clear that we’ve been running with the wrong pack.