In the aftermath of the Boer War, a Colonial Conference was held, coinciding with the coronation of Edward VII, and following a similar model to the Colonial Conference held previously in 1897. Like that meeting, it was convened by Joseph Chamberlain, who was in favour of a policy of free trade between the various colonies of the British Empire. It was hoped that this would promote unity across Britain's various colonial possessions, and, more practically, would help Britain to compete economically with the other European imperial powers. The Conference decided in favour of Imperial Preference, but other members of the Conservative-Unionist government disagreed, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Charles Thomson Ritchie, whose …
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Editors. "Colonial Conference resolves for Imperial Preference". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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