Brexit: With a Little Help from Our Friends

This pod-cast talks about the potential of re-establishing political, military and trade ties with the United Kingdom and her best friends Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

HE Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO KStJ

  • New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

HE Janice Charette

  • Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom

HE Foo Chi Hela

  • High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to the United Kingdom

HE George Brandis QC

  • Australian High Comissioner to the United Kingdom

Chair: Professor Tony Travels

  • Association Dean of the School of Public Policy and Processor in Practice, Department of Government

The United Kingdom has long term links and friendships within the Commonwealth. ECC/EU membership has pushed the United Kingdom away from these other nations. Many of the arguments made in 1962 involving the UK joining the Common Market have resurfaced. The podcast starts of with the following quote:

I remind the House that our trade with the Commonwealth far exceeds in value and quantity our trade with the Six. This, of course, is largely due to our having preferential treatment arrangements. The potential in the Commonwealth is enormous—600 million people and untold mineral resources. Parts of Australia, a country I know, and of Canada are still unexplored. We do not know what may be there. We have preferential arrangements with these lands.

Commonwealth Preference – Mr Clark Hutchison 1962

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