Lord Empey urges Republic to rejoin Commonwealth in House of Lords Debate


Published on 15/03/2013 10:34 – Newsletter

ULSTER Unionist peer Lord Empey has called on the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth.

Ireland left the Commonwealth when it declared itself a republic on April 18, 1949, but there have been calls intermittently since for it to rejoin.

Yesterday, Lord Empey made the call during a debate in the House of Lords on the Commonwealth.

“I would like to highlight the importance of the economic dimension to the Commonwealth,” he said.

“Approximately one-third of humanity is engaged in the Commonwealth and it very largely shares with people and businesses in this country a common language and very similar approaches to the law.

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