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.
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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