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Commonwealth Secretary-General gives evidence to committee

20 July 2016

The International Relations Committee holds a one-off evidence session with Baroness Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General on her priorities for the role. The session will touch on a range of issues relevant to the Commonwealth and the UK's role within the organisation following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.


Wednesday 20 July in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10:30am

  • The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Possible Questions:

  • What role does the Commonwealth play in today's changing international context?
  • How important a part does the Commonwealth play in the expansion of world trade and prosperity; development; the promotion of stability; and upholding human rights?
  • In light of the UK's planned exit from the EU some have suggested that the Commonwealth could acquire more significance than in the recent past in British policy. Do you agree?
  • What impact will the UK's decision to leave the EU have on the rest of the Commonwealth membership given many Commonwealth states urged the UK to remain?
  • What priorities for reform of the Commonwealth do you consider to be desirable?
  • Do you foresee more countries joining the Commonwealth, or having associate or observer status?

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