Statute of Westminster 1931: December 11


In 1931, the sun never set on the British Empire.  For all its glories and failures, the Empire’s time had practically come to an end. Confederacy would soon take the place of empire.  Read more on Landmarks of Liberty

E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern

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5 thoughts on “Statute of Westminster 1931: December 11

  1. The statute of Westminster is a good old British fudge. The Imperial Government/Parliament’s soveriegnty was not affected, could repeal, and overrule. The Empire come to an end because of WW2. Dominions and India follow Empire foriegn policy, and as always, have a say on it. The fact that Canada declares wars a few days later than Britain mearly shows a Prime Minister placating the french speaking Canadians, and by making this statement renforces the fact that the Dominions would have to do what was required, and could not push it still. Canada like Australia are miles away and could of been alright jack. People need to read between the lines of this statute. The war weakens Britain which undermines everything. But the Empire became even more relevent during the 30s, and is at it’s greatest, and near it’s end when 10s of millions of people and the Empire’s resourses save the world due to WW2.

  2. The associationof the British Commonwealth Nations in which India, and others is included before and during the war (Malta being a frquent one mentioned), is an association of a body that itself, is part of the Empire. Not until after the war, and India’s new status which would undermine the BCN, because India regected Dominion status like the White Dominions because did not want to follow Empire policies or foriegn policies, and would not be soveriegn (strangely using intereptation of the statute of Westminister as a basis for independence) that new Commonwealth, more separate from the colonial empire get established. The Emipre was never really a centralised entity, and had many independently minded places and people through out.

  3. Indeed, I do believe I anticipated some things. In my Landmarks post I clarify a little better and say that confederacy would soon follow. I do not mean to undermine Britain’s Finest Hour; an hour that shall testify to the world for all time the resolve of one of the greatest Christian empires on earth. As Churchill himself said, “Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.” Amen to that!

  4. Sorry. I did not realize the date you posted. I was looking up the costs to Britain being a member of the despot eu empire, and leaving it, at the time.

  5. Ah yes, the despotic EU! I remember the words of George Washington in his farewell address in 1796, some advise that may prove useful even to Great Britain in these degenerate days: “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”

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