One will be pleased! USA could join Commonwealth as associate
The USA could join the Commonwealth as an associate member, it has been revealed.
According to reports the Royal Commonwealth Society is making plans to open a branch in the United States.
It’s said the move is with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”.
The UK government is thought to be trying to use the Commonwealth to build and improve relationships globally in the face of Brexit.
“The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels,” Michael Lake, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society told The Telegraph.
“It has been very introspective, it needs to more extrovert,” he said. “In that sense we have adopted a policy of getting branches of the Commonwealth in non-commonwealth countries.”
The idea, he said, is to promote “mutually advantageous” links with “reliable friends” around the world on everything from business to defence.
In December Mr Lake wrote a letter to President Trump, which was hand given to him by an aide to Nigel Farage on their visit.
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It’s now believed that Mr Farage is arguing for the US to become an associate member of the Commonwealth.
The Queen, head of the Commonwealth, has overseen a radical change in LGBT rights in the UK during her reign.
But many Commonwealth countries are among the most socially conservative, with homosexuality yet to be decriminalised in a considerable number.