Commonwealth Countries Agreement
(In recent years, several countries have no historical ties to the UK, such as Rwanda and Mozambique.) These countries, which include, in addition to Britain, Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and many others in Asia and Africa, account for about 2.4 billion people, or a third of the world`s population. Members` combined gross domestic product (GDP) exceeds $10 trillion, or about 14 percent of global GDP. New Zealand is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, an organisation of 52 countries – most of which have a common history as part of the former British Empire. As the UK negotiates its future relationship with the European Union, London has championed a vision of a more outward-looking foreign policy called “Global Britain”. At the heart of this goal of revitalizing the United Kingdom on the world stage is the Commonwealth of Nations, a loose organization of countries that span almost every continent and developed from the British Empire. The United Kingdom is a member of the European Union and has therefore not been able to negotiate its own trade agreements for several decades. However, after officially leaving the European Union, the UK may again be able to negotiate its own trade deals. While the UK was part of the EU, it actively lobbied the EU to pursue trade deals with other Commonwealth countries.  This has partly led the EU to start negotiations for free trade agreements with a number of Commonwealth countries. . . .