BREXIT AND REVITALIZING THE COMMONWEALTH: THE USA AS ASSOCIATE MEMBER?

BREXIT AND REVITALIZING THE COMMONWEALTH: THE USA AS ASSOCIATE MEMBER?

In the aftermath of the BREXIT vote, I began to argue in blogs and in various interviews, that the next step geopolitically for Great Britain would be to play the soft power card, in the form of revivifying the British Commonwealth of nations. My reasons for thinking this was in the cards were various, and spread out over several  blogs and interviews. Here were some of those reasons: (1) elements of the British deep state, including apparently the Queen herself, were increasingly disappointed not only with the EU and the loss of national sovereignty, but with the unipolar and multicultural (read, Gramscian Marxist) direction things were going; (2) a significant segment of the British population was fed up with the growing Islamicization of Britain; and (3) Britain was pursuing, independently of the EU, it's own relationship and trading policy with China, hosting the state visit of Mr. Xi Jinping to that country, and joining, as a member of the board, China's Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. Finally, (4) Britain continued to be alarmed at the growing power and influence of Russia, in particular Russia speaking openly about the West abandoning its core cultural principles and appealing directly to those elements in the West with decidedly traditional cultural sympathies. Russia was playing the soft power card, and playing it well.

In this context, I was arguing that the United Kingdom had certain unique advantages - all of them cultural - that the European Union, firmly under Germany's thumb, did not: Britain had dramatically influenced the expansion of an English-speaking culture, with English institutions, concepts of jurisprudence, and so on, over a vast area of the globe. Britain could, I argued, if it played its cards right, play that soft power card and create an immense bloc of economic and cultural interests. But this would be impossible under the aegis of the globaloney-multicultural-unipolar philosophy. The way to do this would be to stress the cultural heritage and institutions, and the British Commonwealth was ready-to-hand.

This last week, a number of regular readers of this website, particularly in the United Kingdom, shared an article which appears to confirm this analysis and prediction, and moreover, to do so in a very astonishing way:

USA could be ‘associate member’ of Commonwealth to reap rewards from forgotten 'treasure

While this article is fairly short, the first four paragraphs contain a number of bombshells that appear to support my arguments from months ago, rather substantially:

The United States could eventually become an "associate member" of the Commonwealth, according to plans being drawn up by the Royal Commonwealth Society.

The move, which is said to have the backing of the Queen, is believed to have come about because of US President Donald Trump’s love of Britain and the Royal Family.

With the UK making plans to leave the European Union (EU) officials are keen to build up international relations through the Commonwealth in an number of areas, including trade.

Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society Michael Lake told The Telegraph: "The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels.” (Emphasis added)

I cannot help but think that since this plan "is said to have the backing of the Queen", that it may have been in the works for some time, since we all recall the story from last year, prior to the BREXIT referendum, that the Queen had invited Mr. Cameron's vice-premier to the palace for tea and dinner, during which the Queen allegedly asked him is he could name three incontestable benefits Britain was reaping from the EU. The message was clear: the Queen was casting a skeptical eye on the whole business.

There was another wrinkle that seldom gets mentioned: Germany's and France's (i.e., Merkel's and Hollande's) plans for a trans-European military. While no one was saying it, everyone was at least thinking it: a trans-European military would be as much under Berlin's thumb as the other areas and institutions of the E.U. were and are. For Britain, this of course brought back "memories." And this wrinkle I suspect is also at work behind the current willingness of the Royal Commonwealth Society not only to cast its attentions to the Commonwealth, but to America as an "associate member," for the article makes it clear that "officials are keen to build up international relations through the Commonwealth in an(sic) number of areas, including trade." One of those areas is, of course, defense and security. With NATO's future in doubt, watch for the Commonwealth to become the focus of British security policy, in conjunction with other Commonwealth members and proposed "Associate", the USA.

One key area here is trade, and here the Commonwealth affords Britain an opportunity that, again, the continental powers do not have, for the institutions of British law, in one form or another, are common to all Commonwealth countries, and additionally, form the basis of American law. This allows a unique "jump starting" position for trade deals. Complex trade agreements with countries with legal systems based outside of the history and development of British law do not have to be negotiated.

If indeed Ms. Le Pen wins her election bid in France, this will only exacerbate the crack-up of the E.U., and put tremendous pressure on Germany to re-arm independently. Britain, however, can draw on a history of mutual economic and security arrangements with the Commonwealth and the USA. And if Ms. Le Pen wins, watch for some interesting bi-lateral agreements to be made... think Edward VII here...

For the moment, it looks as if John Bull intends to play the soft power card, and so far, it appears to be playing it well.

See you on the flip side...

14 thoughts on “BREXIT AND REVITALIZING THE COMMONWEALTH: THE USA AS ASSOCIATE MEMBER?”

  1. The Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves. An ‘associate member’ of the British Commonwealth (i.e., British Empire)? I think not…

  2. Curiouser indeed!
    In fact, in beginning my post here the screen went blank for a brief moment. I wrote a few paragraphs to start and went back to read more of the Doctor’s Brexit article. I was now under was the tibit about Germany’s boost of troops! Par for course. So back to where I was before my computer blinked.
    Any nation would be crazy to give up their sovereignty under ANY auspices. It’s pure bunk being sold as spice/gold. In fact, giving up the nation’s right to issue her own currency is a slow ticking suicide bomb set to boom and bust ad infinitum…
    until your nation is then Greeced/cooked, to be sold off piece by delicious piece to hungry vulture capitalists.
    England’s City of London is waaay to savvy for that.

    1. This is where I left off before I was blinked off to German Troops.
      Britain’s ruling elite know where the bread Is being buttered/built[not destroyed]? It’s on the New Silk Road. The only obstacle to Eurasia’s[people in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China & Russia? NATO and the US Pentagon’s Full Spectrum Dominance obsession.

      1. The Commonwealth looks like a dressed-up TPP/TTIP. It’s Corporate Fascism’s new constitution in a Treaty form, that usurps nation’s constitutions, in regards to – pages upon pages upon pages of small print wrapped cleverly inside said Commonwealth agreements.

  3. Given the Germanic origins of the British “royal family and the out right Nazi part coming from Prince Phillip of Greece, not a surprise that Trump wants to impress that group.

    Oh, wait that wasn’t the point.

    1. With Soros plying taxdollars into Macedonia and so many ‘half-greeks’ popping up all over the place in private space venture… I forgot about Prince Phillip.. The English just usually heard about him when his Nazism overboarded from time to time and we’d hear about a dipliomatic hiccup .. however, I have just seen this whilst googling him..

      “‘I would like to go to Russia very much — although the b******s murdered half my family.’ In 1967, when asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union. ”

      ‘People usually say that after a fire it is water damage that is the worst. We are still drying out Windsor Castle.’ To survivors of the Lockerbie bombing in 1993.
      (Thank you Mr Gaddafhi for that bomb by the way. That was great.)

      ‘People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.’ In 2000.
      (Lets remember what his wife’s uncle did…?)

  4. So the Empire is now going to join the quasi-defunct British Empire as an associate member? Sure, why the heck not. In those immortal words, “What difference at this point does it make?”

    In keeping with the new era of budgetary thrift, I assume that associate membership comes with lower annual dues, and you still get the quarterly newsletter but you don’t get to go to the annual dinner at Buckingham Palace, just an afternoon cocktail reception.

    Also, Brussels’ proposal for an EU army is like a rejected wife trying to have a child to save the marriage.

  5. The problem as I have stated before has the USA ever been truly independent. At least since the Barbary Pirate Wars London and it’s secret service has been interfering in the USA affairs. Then it’s aid to the CSA during the war of session to divide the Union. Russia alone of the major European powers stood with the USA. A alliance of the USA and Russia has made better sense Britain has never been the USA friend.

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