Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at a Business Forum on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on April 16, 2018. / AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
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May is looking to win the support of the Commonwealth, a network of mostly former British colonies, for future trade deals at a meeting of its leaders in London, and bolster her argument that the future is bright after Brexit.In 2015 it accounted for only 9 percent of British exports while by contrast the EU, which Britain voted to leave in 2016, accounted for around 44 percent.Britain's appeal to the Commonwealth comes as Brexit negotiators prepare to begin work on a future trade agreement with the EU, which the government hopes will allow frictionless trade with the bloc to continue.May also announced funding for a new Commonwealth Standards Network to establish a common language for goods and services to help boost trade.
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