Boris Johnson MP is in New Zealand this week, and ACT Party leader, David Seymour, is pushing for a CANZUK free movement arrangement to be discussed with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Secretary and New Zealand government ministers.
Johnson is due to hold bilateral talks in Wellington this week with the Prime Minister and Cabinet officials, and free movement between the CANZUK countries is likely to be discussed:
“We have similar economies and similar cultures, the same language. Wouldn’t it be great if young New Zealanders, starting with those under 30, could move freely and work in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand?” said Seymour.
Boris Johnson has previously declared support for free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, after a 2013 state-visit to Australia. As New Zealand is set to be first in finalising a post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom, negotiations towards visa liberalisation and free movement could begin as early as 2018.
New Zealand’s ACT party has already adopted free movement between the CANZUK group as official party policy; a platform which is shared by multiple MPs and senior government officials in Canada and Australia.
Speaking with CANZUK International, David Seymour stated: “Together, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK are 125 million people. We have the potential for huge advancement by allying the best of our innovation, entrepreneurship and culture through free movement. I hope we will grasp this opportunity with both hands.”
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