No one is claiming that the Commonwealth will be a viable alternative to remaining a member of the EU (”A British illusion of Commonwealth trade after Brexit”, Opinion, April 18).
But, given that the Commonwealth connects at least half a dozen of the world’s fastest-growing and most dynamic economies, offering big new consumer markets and generating investment capital from its high saving societies, it would be silly not to go for some sort of trade with it.
When Britain joined the EEC in 1972, it was widely believed that all the growth worth having would be in Europe, not in the Commonwealth. Now with the Commonwealth growing on average by 3.7 per cent — Asian and African zones are growing even faster — while Europe, especially its eurozone, stagnates, it is time Britain placed the Commonwealth at the centre of its emerging trading network.
Randhir Singh Bains
Gants Hill, Essex, UK
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