World: It Will Be

In the gilded, mirrored chambers of Pall Mall's Marlborough House, the leaders of Britain's Commonwealth gathered this week. They came to discuss an issue that will permanently affect their nations' future: Britain's bid for membership in Europe's Common Market.

The conference comes at a particularly sensitive time. Britain's negotiating team left Brussels last month without the conclusive outline of terms that the government had hoped to present to this week's conference. Thus it could offer little in the way of solid assurance to the Commonwealth nations that will be hardest hit by Britain's...

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