Sources within the Canadian government have confirmed that Canada is eager to negotiate Brexit trade deals with the UK, with discussions open for freer movement between the two countries.
Speaking with CANZUK International, a government source confirmed that although negotiations could not be finalised until the UK withdraws from the European Union, the Canadian government “hopes to remain front of the queue for trade talks, and eager to negotiate freer movement as part of any deal with the UK “.
Another source also emphasised that Brexit negotiations were “the ideal opportunity to build bridges between [Canada and the UK], and extend relationships with other close Commonwealth countries” such as Australia and New Zealand.
The affirmation of upcoming visa negotiations between the CANZUK countries comes after confirmation that Canada, Australia and New Zealand will receive priority trade and immigration deals with the UK, following successful talks at a Commonwealth summit in London in March 2017.
Likelihood of visa arrangements between the CANZUK nations have also been exemplified by previous reports indicating that “special passport arrangements” are underway for specific Commonwealth nations, which will come into effect once the UK withdraws from the European Union in 2019.
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