The Commonwealth: Passage to Europe

Britain, which has already lost an empire, was warned last week that it may also lose the Commonwealth. The threat was coldly and emphatically repeated by leaders of the Commonwealth nations as they gathered in a chandeliered room at Marlborough House to review Britain's bid for membership in the European Common Market. One after another, Britain's Commonwealth partners declared that, by joining Europe, Britain will gravely strain their economic ties to the mother country and may finally sunder the enduring links of sentiment and mutual self-interest that bind together one-quarter of...

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