As the U.K. reaches a critical phase in its negotiations to leave the European Union, Theresa May’s government is engaged in a desperate hunt for alternative partners.
London has seized on the Commonwealth of Nations, formed out of the British Empire, as one way of strengthening its political and economic alliances outside the EU.
On the face of it, the 52-member organization, comprising a third of the globe’s population and including India, the most populous member, is a logical choice. These states have historic links, a widespread use of English, and elements of a common institutional heritage. […]