CANZUK the campaign for stronger ties after BREXIT

The timing of the UK regaining the right and power to determine free trade policy and free movement decisions allows for the formation of a new campaign to form stronger ties in intelligence and international relations. Such a proposal is the creation of a freedom of movement and free trade area between the Crown countries: Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. CANZUK is an idea that has received widespread recognition with an average total of 167 thousand people pledging support, and the petition is growing requiring only 33 thousand more signatures.

A CANZUK alliance would allow its people the freedom to become a major global player instead of secondary regional players dependent upon other nations. Promoting economic growth and prosperity between the combined member countries. The members already share unique cultural bonds and have a longstanding friendship, developed from close historic, political, social, and economic ties. We share a majority language, the Head of State, common law, Westminster parliamentary tradition, and legal systems based on the Magna Carta. The addition of the free movement of people to a free trade agreement would work in terms of diversity, culture, consistent income levels, constitutions and mutual regard. Making the combined population of 129 million, making it the world’s 10th largest.

CANZUK would enhance these existing ties through the creation of a mobility zone, granting citizens reciprocal rights to live and work in each other’s countries.  Making any transition much easier, especially for Australia’s and New Zealand’s close geographic ties. It would become an extension of the Free Trade Area under ANZCERTA. Together they would increase their extensive degree of investment, while reducing extensive tariffs and quantitative trade restrictions. In a statement released via the ACT party’s website, ACT leader David Seymour suggests the traditional Kiwi OE should not be risked – sporting the idea for CANZUK over the long run, he states credits the exchange of ideas to have made Britain and New Zealand prosperous nations, discrediting a resort to such barriers to trade and immigration, as he describes as putting up walls.

Ensuring that domestic currencies are kept and not replaced by a universal currency (similar to the Euro). No one could deny CANZUK economic grouping proposes significant opportunities for the wealth and prosperity of member countries. Accommodated by the surface area of more than 18 million square kilometres, being the largest in the world – the vast geographic range of CANZUK would offer an opportunity for development in underpopulated or regional areas, especially for Canada and Australia. CANZUK would be abundant in mineral resources, established in political landscape and secure in property rights.

To open opportunities for mutual reinforcement and protection, trade growth, the flow of people and weight in global economic, regulatory and geopolitical decision-making. Forming the development for a special defence partnership, the UK could provide a nuclear shield for Australia, while naval support to Canada would enforce its claims on the Northwest Passage. Its combined military spending amounts to around US$110 billion, the world’s 3rd largest. The benefits to a combined military spending and the federation would allow for mutual defence, to keep control of borders, and make for a less restrictive confederal political structure.

The automatic right to move for work would form a mutual recognition for equivalent occupational standards and professional qualifications. Along with mutual recognition for environmental sustainability and health and safety regulations. The combined GDP totals to US$6.5 trillion, making it the 4th largest in the world. Australia’s current free-trade agreement ANZCERTA currently allows New Zealand citizens the right to live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely on special “temporary” visas.  Any positive extension for similar immigration links toward CANZUK, is a step toward richer and more productive countries. Where capital could move to where the most willing labour was, and labour could move to where the least utilised capital was. Increased free movement of goods, labour and capital, would be employed where they are most valued and to the most efficient areas. To increase specialisation with other nations.

While, respective governments should prioritise CANZUK, as the most important issue recognised in the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation’s (CFMO) Research Survey is the lack of support from politicians and respective governments. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made steps toward pushing for more business, student and work visas for Australian citizens residing in the UK. While, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had as London Mayor campaigned for greater visa rights and freedoms for Australians, supporting a ‘free-mobility labour zone’ between CANZUK members.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd has since poured cold water on the possibility of increasing the number of Australian migrants. The current system of immigration policies are not working, causing many applicants to be lost in unnecessary amounts of paperwork and bureaucracy administration costs. Therefore, the Australian government must urgently address the substantial declines in the number of Australians issued visas by the Home Office in recent years, due to new visa regulations and migration caps.

A major concern is that Britain in trying to reduce immigration numbers are forcing reductions and deportations upon non-EU migrants, including Australians. Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, spoke exclusively to Sky News to criticise the British government’s rule to deport non-EU migrants earning less than £35,000 per year. From 2016, it is expected to be up to 40,000 residents who have settled in the UK for longer than six years are facing deportation, unless they hold a job listed on the Shortage Occupation List or they’re working at a PhD-level occupation. Despite ones current contributions to citizenship and livelihoods, this move would uproot them from the community, work and family ties.

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