Commonwealth nations to meet for preliminary trade discussions

On March 9 and 10, trade ministers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, and the other Commonwealth nations will meet to discuss a possible free trade agreement, as the U.K. continues its withdrawal from the European Union.

Critics within the U.K. itself have criticized such plans, stating that the cultural, political, and economic differences between the 52 countries would make such a deal impossible, while research presented in the 2015 Maltese Commonwealth Head of Government conference suggested that the common language and financial customs, along with institutions, makes business 19% cheaper between the nations.

The trade talks have not been formalized, however, with the conditions of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union, and whether or not it will stay within the common market, not yet finalized.

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