Theresa May to use Commonwealth meeting months before Brexit to push closer trade ties

The Government will try to use an upcoming meeting of Commonwealth leaders to build closer links with Britain’s former imperial territories ahead of Brexit, the Government has announced.

The Commonwealth summit is held every two years in a different Commonwealth nation, with the UK the planned host for the 2018 summit. The meeting is set to take place just months before Britain officially leaves the EU in March 2019.

Though the venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was decided and publicised well before the EU referendum, ministers now believe they can use the summit to “reenergise and revitalise”

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