On the first Commonwealth Day since the historic referendum, James Carver MEP has reiterated how the Commonwealth has become ever more relevant, as Britain prepares to look towards a global future outside of the EU.
The UKIP Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spokesman said: "If, as the old saying goes, the world is your oyster, then it's my contention that the Commonwealth is that valuable pearl within it.
“Once we have completed the Article 50 negotiations, we in the UK will be free to, once again, make our own trade agreements, outside the control of the EU trade commissioner, and I look forward to a bright, positive and fairer relationship with our Commonwealth cousins."
Mr Carver, who represents the West Midlands, attended today's Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.
He also spent time meeting diplomats from various Commonwealth countries, including Somaliland ambassador to the UK, Ayan Mahamoud, (pictured) and tomorrow will be attending the Royal Commonwealth Society Dinner at London’s Guildhall.