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  • CANZUK Proposals Submitted To Australian Government

    As part of the Australian government's appeal for foreign policy recommendations, CANZUK International has submitted freedom of movement proposals for Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

    CANZUK International's proposals have been forwarded to DFAT & Australian Members of Parliament  (photo: Expedia)

       Written by James Skinner

    In December 2016, the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) requested public submissions for a future Foreign Policy White Paper to be published later in 2017. The paper would be the first conducted by Australia since 2003, and provide "a comprehensive framework to guide [Australia's] international engagement over the next five to ten years".

    According to the DFAT website, the White Paper "will provide a roadmap for advancing and protecting Australia’s international interests and define how we engage with the world in the years ahead".

    As such, CANZUK International has submitted policy proposals to DFAT and Members of the Australian Parliament requesting that freedom of movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom be implemented as part of the country's existing free movement arrangements with New Zealand.


    Under the recommendations submitted, Australia would grant the accession of Canada and the United Kingdom to the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement (TTTA), granting free movement for citizens between the CANZUK nations while also upholding security protocols existing under the TTTA to prevent cross border criminal activity, terrorism and social-welfare fraud.

    The policy submission can be viewed and downloaded here.

    CANZUK International's White Paper proposals will also be featured on the Foreign Policy White Paper website, where the Australian government will consider all proposals submitted for adoption within official Australian foreign policy in the coming months.

          
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  • CANZUK Free Movement ''Very Likely To Happen''

    Sources close to the UK government have confirmed with CANZUK International that post-Brexit free movement arrangements are "very likely to happen" with Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Canada & the UK will likely have free movement with Australia & New Zealand after Brexit  (photo: Monarchist League of Canada)

       Written by James Skinner

    After it emerged last week that special passport arrangements have been discussed "at the highest level" for Commonwealth citizens, further negotiations appear to be underway for free mobility between the CANZUK countries.

    An insider told CANZUK International: "Discussions for [CANZUK] free movement are making gradual progress. We anticipate that after Brexit, we can really begin to talk about the details on a formal basis and address the issues. These negotiations will take time, but there's a lot of support for this. At present, it's very likely to happen".

    Additional information also confirmed that free movement arrangements would likely be discussed as part of free trade deals with Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, has already implied freer movement would need to be discussed with any post-Brexit trade deal that Australia makes with the United Kingdom.

    UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated the UK will be withdrawing from the European Union in March 2017, at which point, the UK can begin formal negotiations for trade and immigration deals. Canada, Australia and New Zealand have already declared their eagerness for negotiations to begin.

    CANZUK International communicates with members of parliament and government officials daily. The conclusion of free movement between the CANZUK nations as "very likely to happen" is exceptional news for our campaign, and we will continue to lead the movement for closer ties between the CANZUK nations and ensure free movement arrangements are negotiated following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

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  • Canada & UK Trade Deal ''Easy To Reach''

    Canada and the U.K. should be able to strike a speedy trade deal after Britain leaves the European Union, Canadian envoy Janice Charette said.

    Canada is eager to negotiate post-Brexit trade agreements with the UK  (photo: The Canadian Press / LarryMacDougal

    Written by Alex Morales - Bloomberg

    My expectation is we’ll be able to arrive at something as quickly as the political leadership in both countries want it to happen,” Charette said on Thursday in a television interview with Channel 4 News. “Trade agreements will be easy to reach.

    Britain is preparing to trigger two years of talks to leave the 28-member EU just as the bloc finalizes a trade deal with Canada after seven years of negotiations.

    Prime Minister Theresa May has signaled she wants to exit the EU’s customs union so that Britain can broker new trade deals with the rest of the world, justifying her establishment in July of a new Department for International Trade.

    Charette, Canada’s High Commissioner to the U.K., said that while Britain is still an EU member, it will benefit from tariff reductions enshrined in the new trade deal, which is known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

    The pact is slated to end 98 percent of tariffs on goods from the outset and 99 percent after seven years.

    After Brexit, the CETA agreement should serve as a model for the new U.K.-Canada deal, the envoy said.

    There already is a trade deal, so the question is how do we revise just technically to make sure that the preferential access for investors and companies stays in place,” she said. “We have an opportunity through negotiations that we’ll have to obviously finalize after the Brexit conversation finishes to preserve that market access for these companies and these investors, because we’re already starting with a trade agreement; we’re not starting with nothing.


          
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  • More Senior Canadian Politicians Back CANZUK

    More Canadian CPC candidates have declared their support for CANZUK free movement and free trade this week, stating that Canada's interests would be best served with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom rather than via trade deals with other nations.

    Multiple CPC leadership candidates have declared support for CANZUK  (photo: The Canadian Press / Jacques Boissinot)

       Written by James Skinner

    Speaking at the CPC leadership debate in Vancouver, candidates Andrew Scheer and Chris Alexander were questioned about Canada's future role "in the era of Brexit", and whether it was ideal to pursue a deal on CANZUK trade and labour mobility rather than free trade with China.

    Andrew Scheer responded: "Absolutely, I very much support a trade deal with those countries. Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have a similar basis of law, they have a common democratic system, they have the same types of legislation and regulations around investment and trade. Those are the types of things we dont enjoy with China".

    "I was a big proponent of Brexit before Brexit even happened [and] we should be pursuing a free trade deal immediately".

    Chris Alexander also responded: "I support these tighter relations with our traditional friends and allies, and we can do that immediately. We can do labour mobility...we have these reciprocal agreements with Australia and New Zealand already...".

    The increased interest for CANZUK within the CPC race comes after candidate Erin O'Toole made CANZUK free trade and free movement a lead platform within his campaign.

    O'Toole was interviewed soon after the Vancouver leadership debate by Rebel Media, in which he stated the benefits of increased CANZUK relations and why ease of mobility should be extended to Australians, New Zealanders and Britons:


    CANZUK International is continuing to reach out to CPC leadership candidates to ensure that free movement and free trade are supported throughout the leadership race, and also supported as priority issues within the parliament of Canada.


          
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  • Top Diplomat Urges Australia-UK Free Movement

    Australians must be granted the same rights to work in Britain as European Union citizens at the price of a free trade deal, the country's most senior diplomat in London has said.

    High Commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer, is supportive of visa liberalisation between the UK and Australia  (photo: Getty)

    Written by Rory Tingle - Mail Online

    Alexander Downer, 65, Australia's high commissioner, said he wanted a "non-discriminatory approach" for his countrymen after Brexit.

    And he urged Theresa May to make it easier for Australians to get work visas in Britain as part of any deal.

    He told The Times' Damian Whitworth: "We have a non-discriminatory approach to immigration. That means we essentially don't discriminate between countries and we would have thought that it would be to your advantage and might be to our advantage to have a non-discriminatory approach to Australians."

    Mr Downer said it did not make sense for a "taxi driver in Bucharest" to have free access to Britain while it was far harder for a "brain surgeon from Sydney" to come here.

    Australia was the first country to propose opening trade negotiations with Britain after the Brexit vote.

    The countries have established a working group to thrash out the outlines of an agreement, although no deal can be signed until after Article 50 is invoked.

    Mr Downer also stressed the importance of relaxing immigration rules for Australians during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme in January.

    "We would want to see greater access for Australian business people working in the UK and that´s often been a part of free trade negotiations."

    He went on: "It might just make it a bit simpler actually, for example an Australian company that invests in the UK might want to bring some of its executives to the UK. That can be done with what are called Tier 2 visas but maybe that could be made a little bit easier, I suspect they would be the only sort of changes you'd be looking at."

    Any negotiation over visa arrangements could be conducted separately but at the same time as a deal for the free movement of goods and services between the two nations, he suggested.

    An Australia-UK agreement could be reached very quickly after Brexit, given that Canberra struck a deal with the US in eight months during George W Bush's presidency, he said.

    Mr Downer said a similar timeframe could be realistic if Britain does not want to protect certain industries and revealed exploratory discussions had already taken place at many levels.

    "We have had discussions with them at all sorts of different levels, including ministerial level, we have set up a working group to explore the scope of what a free trade agreement might look like," he said.

    Mr Downer also warned EU leaders in The Times against trying to punish Britain over Brexit.

    He said the "erection of trade barriers" between the EU and UK would have a "deleterious effect" on the global economy.

          
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  • Brexit Plans Include Special Passport Arrangements

    UK Government sources have confirmed that special passport arrangements between Commonwealth countries, with the Queen as Head of State, have been discussed "at the highest level", including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Sources indicate special passport arrangements will be made for nations where the Queen is Head of State  (photo: CNN)

       Written by James Skinner

    The Commonwealth of Nations is home to 52 countries, of which, 16 share Queen Elizabeth II as Sovereign.

    Now, sources within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have confirmed that new passport arrangements for countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand are "back on the table" post-Brexit, including fast-tracked visas, easier entry to the UK and free movement.

    Speaking with the Daily Express, one Commonwealth source stated:

    "The will is certainly there on behalf of countries like Australia and New Zealand. The subject has been raised at Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings and there’s now a sense that Brexit could turn the theoretical into reality. It certainly makes sense to have special arrangements when you consider how much more trade Britain is going to be doing with these countries in the future".

    Furthermore, visitors from the 16 countries would benefit from swifter border checks, and have the option for a special emblem on their passports.

    Since the UK voted to leave the European Union, CANZUK International has reached out to Commonwealth officials, members of parliament and senior diplomats in the UK advocating greater economic and diplomatic ties with Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As such, the news of special passport arrangements for citizens of these countries is certainly welcome, and evidence that our campaign is making significant progress towards CANZUK freedom of movement.

    As such, we will continue to liaise with senior officials in promoting our CANZUK agenda, and ensure free movement and free trade between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK is discussed with the highest priority upon the UK's exit of the European Union.


          
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  • OUR TEAM

    Meet the people across the world who are part of CANZUK International
    To view our full staff list, click here

    • James Skinner

      Chief Executive

      James was the founder of the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation and has worked extensively in the governments of Australia & the UK

    • John Bender

      Chairman

      John serves as chairman of Matthew Bender & Co. Holdings Ltd, an investment office associated with one of the founding families of a FTSE 100 publishing concern

    • Sir Michael Craig-Cooper

      Member of the Advisory Board

      Sir Michael served as Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and has a distinguished career serving as a board member of the National Bank of Kuwait

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