Boris and the Commonwealth


images (3)As we approach the referendum over our membership of the EU, there are discussions taking place in some of the newspapers regarding who will lead the campaign to take us out of that most dreadful of institutions. Boris Johnson is seen to be one of the more popular figures amongst some and in August 2013 he wrote an article in the Telegraph appearing to make a case for a strategy which chimes with a popular view that we need to turn instead to the Commonwealth for the replacement of a trade relationship that has been at the heart of our economy since 1973. In his article Johnson explains how poorly treated an Australian teacher was who wanted to stay in the UK but was prevented by our immigration rules. He went on to explain that as well as altering our relationship with Europe, the Government should now “intensify” links with the Commonwealth countries. He says that “you could not do better than by starting with Australia” and calls for freedom of movement rules to apply between the UK and Australia. It is revealing how Boris has spent his time in the last five years, based on his official website:

Promoting London overseas

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About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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