Brexit Round Tables

The Royal Commonwealth Society runs a successful series of Brexit round tables with expert speakers for the diplomatic corps. The aim is to bring a specific focus on the consequences of Brexit for Commonwealth countries, with emphasis on a practical approach as to how those individual countries should position themselves to gain opportunities, and also how the Commonwealth should orientate itself. A further aim is to raise awareness of the potential of the modern Commonwealth as a factor in the United Kingdom’s foreign policy post-Brexit. The work on Brexit has included pan-Commonwealth consultation on the challenges and opportunities for the whole Commonwealth associated with Brexit by means of round table discussions with High Commissioners, taking place at High Commissions such as Australia House, New Zealand House and the Cypriot High Commission. Speakers have included Sir Simon Fraser, former Permanent Under-secretary at the FCO and Hugh Mercer QC, Barrister and Chair of the Bar Council Working Group on Brexit. An innovative round table for Ambassadors at the House of Lords has also raised Commonwealth profile beyond the Commonwealth diplomatic corps.The RCS has also convened a round table discussion with Commonwealth organisations.


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