|A vast majority of those surveyed in the CANZUK countries support freedom of movement|
Written by James SkinnerThe survey was conducted over 15 days among 2,000 participants in each of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Participants were asked the following question:
UK example: "At present, citizens of the European Union have the right to live and work in other European Union countries. Would you support or oppose similar rights for UK citizens to live and work in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with citizens of Canada, Australia and New Zealand granted reciprocal rights to live and work in the UK? If adopted, said rights would also encompass certain limitations upon citizens claiming tax-funded payments (eg: disability benefits, unemployment benefits, child tax credits, etc)."
A vast majority of those polled were in favour of free movement within the CANZUK countries, with 64% support in the UK, 72% support in Australia, 77% support in Canada and 81% support in New Zealand.
CANZUK International will be submitting the survey results to Members of Parliament in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, encouraging negotiations between the national governments to implement freedom of movement for citizens of the CANZUK countries.
We will also be meeting with senior government officials in the coming weeks to ensure free trade, freedom of movement and foreign policy cooperation are discussed as part of upcoming trade negotiations, following the United Kingdom's declaration of withdrawal from the European Union in March 2017.