November 13, 2014

MAKING THE ANGLOSPHERE OFFICIAL:

Natural bedfellows : An exit from the EU could bring Britain and Australia closer than ever before (David Alexander 15 November 2014, The Spectator)

Up until now the policy-making elite in Britain haven't given much thought to the actuality of a 'Brexit' because to prepare for that eventuality might be seen as encouraging it; but here is where it starts to get interesting for Australia.

'Who will be our friends if we leave the EU?' is a question which has found eurosceptics scrambling to give a satisfactory answer, but some serious thinking is starting to go into what a post-Brexit landscape might look like. Some, like Daniel Hannan, would like to build greater institutional linkages amongst the Anglosphere - but with countries such as the US and India included in his definition this quickly becomes complex. Many mention re-energising the Commonwealth, but the breadth and diversity of 53 countries quickly adds difficulties. Practically all suggestions include upgraded relations with Old Commonwealth countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The point is every one of these discussions envisages a greater degree of engagement with Australia, often featuring us as Exhibit A.

Who will be their friends, other than the antire English-speaking world....

Posted by at November 13, 2014 5:22 PM
  

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