New Report Urges Exploration Of Free Movement

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A new report, published by the Free Enterprise Group, has called for exploring options regarding freedom of movement between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Tony Abbott has declared his support for UK & Australia free movement
The report mentions how free movement between the four Commonwealth nations has previously been mentioned by Foreign & Commonwealth Secretary, Boris Johnson, and that exploring the suggestion “with a feasibility study and working group between these nations should be an option“.

This is complimentary to the report’s foreword by former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, in which he states:

The movement of goods between our two countries should be absolutely free of tariffs or quotas. And each country’s product and service standards should be recognised in the other. If a car is fit to be sold in Britain, it’s fit to be sold in Australia. If a doctor is fit to practice in Australia, he or she is fit to practice in the UK. We don’t need a uniform market; we need a common one. We need what the European Economic Community of the 70s promised but failed to deliver.

Provided people are coming to work rather than to take advantage of social security or health services, Australians should also be free to live in the UK and vice versa.

In a world where too many people are frightened of the future, Brexit has shown that a great country and a great people are prepared to “have a go”, as we Australians say. Britons can be sure that today’s Australians will rally to our friends with the enthusiasm for which our forebears were rightly famous.”

The full report can be viewed and downloaded here.

This is fantastic news for our campaign, as within the first 2 weeks of 2017, the issue of freedom of movement between the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has made headlines. We will continue our agenda at the CFMO to ensure further reporting mentions our free movement proposals and senior government officials advocate our proposals within the national parliaments.