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.
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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