"Mr Hague said: ‘As David Cameron said when addressing the Canadian parliament last year, “We are two nations, but under one Queen and united by one set of values.”
‘We have stood shoulder to shoulder from the great wars of the last century to fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and supporting Arab Spring nations like Libya and Syria.
‘We are first cousins.
So it is natural that we look to link up our embassies with Canada’s in places where that suits both countries. It will give us a bigger reach abroad for our businesses and people for less cost.’
One British diplomat put it more bluntly: ‘For all the grandiose talk of European unity, we have so much more in common with many Commonwealth countries than the EU – and not just the English language. "
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Unfortunately, these kinds of announcements bring out the Little Canada in anglophobes like former diplomat Paul Heinbecker: "We have an incompatible brand with the UK"