These countries have commercial links, geopolitical aspirations and a constitutional tradition in common. Our aim is to encourage governments to introduce freedom of movement between the CANZUK nations for citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In addition, we regard loyalty to a shared monarch as an essential symbol of our common heritage and the cornerstone of our constitutional democracy.
More specifically, it is envisaged that the CANZUK Group would collaborate in the following areas:
- Free Trade
- Foreign Policy
- Constitutional Affairs
We believe that the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom can build upon the existing economic, political and diplomatic relationships while benefiting travel, business and employment opportunities for their respective citizens.
CANZUK International seeks to establish a comprehensive multi-lateral free trade agreement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Customs duties and other barriers to commerce would be removed. A CANZUK Group free trade union would give its constituent members more collective bargaining power in dealing with partners such as the USA, China, India and the European Union.
Freedom of movement for citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom within the CANZUK Group is an essential ingredient for a successfully open market. Not only does it make good economic sense, but it would also reinforce a sense of solidarity amongst the four kindred peoples.
CANZUK International regards the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement between Australia and New Zealand as an excellent model for a broader union. Freedom of movement exists for the citizens of both countries with an exclusion provision for those deemed to be a threat to the national interest. Such mobility fosters trade and economic growth without jeopardising security.
CANZUK International endeavours to promote greater cooperation amongst the CANZUK Group with respect to foreign policy, defence and intelligence gathering. The ‘Five Eyes’ (FVEY) agreement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America is a highly effective multilateral collaboration in the gathering of signals, military and human intelligence. It provides a useful starting point for a more comprehensive diplomatic and defence alliance for the nations of the CANZUK Group.
Such a union could only but compliment the work of The Five Eyes (FVEY) agreement, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a collective bloc would enjoy a more balanced relationship with its leading ally, the United States and would be a global player in the geopolitical arena.
In addition, a coordinated foreign policy for the CANZUK Group would enable an effective approach to supporting the Commonwealth realms through humanitarian assistance programmes. Such projects could extend to educational schemes, modelled on Rhodes Scholarships and the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the private sector. The already significant collaboration in the staffing of police forces, peacekeeping and election monitoring between the developed and developing realms could be increased.
CANZUK International maintains that the shared Sovereign would be an essential aspect of any union for the CANZUK Group. The monarch, who represents a global institution, has played an important role as a symbol of a shared culture, legal tradition and history. Furthermore, the Crown has been the cornerstone of democratic government and the rule of law over a long history of peaceful constitutional development. It is instructive to note that the English speaking countries which have retained the monarchy have been far more successful in avoiding civil unrest than their republican counterparts.
In concrete terms, CANZUK International would seek to support the institution of the Crown by encouraging active dialogue amongst the viceregal representatives and judiciary of the CANZUK Group. This initiative would build upon the meetings that occur between the Governors-General of the various Commonwealth realms every two years. The joint decision to revise the royal succession laws through the Perth Agreement of 2011 is a good example of effective collaboration between Commonwealth realms in regard to matters of constitutional law.