Shadow foreign secretary calls on PM to apologise to ex-colonies

Monday 16th April 2018 10:16 EDT
 
 

The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has said that Prime Minister Theresa May must apologise to the rest of the Commonwealth for Britains wrongdoing throughout history. 

Prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, the shadow foreign secretary called on Theresa May to utilise this opportunity to rectify past mistakes made by Britain overseas. 

She said, “I believe Theresa May and the Conservative Government in Britain also owes an apology to the Commonwealth as a whole – and indeed Her Majesty the Queen – for ignoring the efforts of every other member thirty years ago to bring apartheid to an end. This week would be an appropriate moment to correct that historic mistake, and would send a wider signal to our Commonwealth cousins that we in the UK truly recognise that the days are gone when our union was described – in colonial terms – as the 'British Commonwealth'.”


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