Commonwealth dream looms in Brexit campaign
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By Robert Plummer Business reporter, BBC News
- 26 November 2015
Whenever the word “Brexit” is mentioned, the word “Commonwealth” is usually not far behind.
Eurosceptics campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union are keen to dismiss the idea that the move would leave the country economically isolated and bereft of trade alliances.
They point out that the UK’s links with the 53-nation Commonwealth, composed mainly of territories that belonged to the former British Empire, predate its membership of the EU.
And the Commonwealth itself is eager to stress the trade advantages that its members enjoy by virtue of belonging to the association.
As it opens its 24th summit in the Maltese capital, Valletta, which runs from 27 to 29 November, its place in the global trade landscape is a topic high on the agenda.
But even while continuing to be an EU member, the UK is already making great efforts to trade with the Commonwealth’s most dynamic economies – and it is unclear how these efforts would be enhanced by a Brexit.
Meanwhile, at least one influential senior Commonwealth figure from outside the UK argues that the country has no need to choose between the EU and the Commonwealth – it can have both.
Going for growth?
With the eurozone currently beset by economic troubles, some commentators feel that the UK should turn away from its stagnating neighbours in favour of broader global trade pacts.
They are assisted in this view by statistics such as those produced by the organisation World Economics, which has a growth tracker showing that the Commonwealth has already overtaken the eurozone in its share of world economic output.
“The Commonwealth accounts for 2.6% more than the eurozone in terms of world GDP share,” states World Economics. “Economic growth in the Commonwealth has accelerated over the post-1973 period in sharp contrast to the EU.”
Image caption Malta is hosting this year’s Commonwealth summit, but is also an EU member state
Majority of Britons want to leave the EU after Paris attacks new opinion poll
Top News | Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:16am GMT
More than half of Britons want to leave the European Union as voter anxiety over the bloc’s security was stoked by Islamist militant attacks on Paris that killed 130 people, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.
Prime Minister David Cameron is trying to win concessions from other leaders ahead of a referendum on British membership which he has promised by the end of 2017, though polls show British perceptions of the EU are volatile.
A survey of 2,000 people carried out by the ORB pollster for the Independent newspaper showed 52 percent of British voters wanted to leave while 48 percent wanted to stay.
No matter what the politicians do the case for Britain to leave the EU keeps getting stronger. This is showing us that world events despite what Britain’s leaders want are driving the public to want out. As we see this move taking place we are watching the fulfilment of Bible Prophecy before our very eyes, ie. this is exactly what the Bible predicted more than 3,000 years ago in Ezekiel and Daniels Prophecies of the End Times. This is truly remarkable and a witness to the Truth of the Bible to all those who have “eyes to see” and believe!
The case for Britain to leave the EU keeps on growing, whether it’s a negative or positive world event the case is becoming stronger and stronger for Britain to leave the EU. The fact is Britain will leave the European Union according to Bible Prophecy. The Bible has long said (2,500 yrs ago to be exact) that Britain will not be a part of the European Union when Russia and the EU invade the Middle East.
Another fact is that Britain is spoken of in the Bible as the “Lion with the young lions” ie. the commonwealth countries. So Bible Students expect to see Britain with a strong Commonwealth relationship at the time of the End when Christ will Return.