My thanks to Andrew Moncreiff, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Chichester for alerting me to this response to the UKIP National Manifesto from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors as follows:...
In a very positive move, we understand that the US government is considering ways of strengthening ties with the UK and sees a closer relationship with the Commonwealth of Nations as a way to achieve this.
This bloc of currently some 52 countries, predominantly from the original Commonwealth, with an estimated combined population of 2.2 billion is soon to be rejoined by The Gambia. Adama Barrow the newly appointed Gambian president is keen to return his country to this organisation. At its centre are sixteen countries, such as Australia, Canada and UK who share our monarch as their Head of State.
Our Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is planning to open an office in New York in order to facilitate the US in becoming an associate member. The RCS director Michael Lake MBE is quoted as saying that “a narrow focus on the European Union (EU) has led to Britain missing out on opportunities presented by its Commonwealth links”. “The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels,” he said, indicating that plans to bring the United States into the fold had been accelerated by the “opportunity of a new president, and the slightly dangerous but great fun opportunity that the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ offered”.
Richard Tice, co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave campaign and one of the ‘Bad Boys’ in question, told Breitbart London that the RCS initiative was “a wonderful example of how Britain can extend our influence and ties with global partners”, characterising it as “another Brexit success”.