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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.

Witness:

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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