In what comes as significant news for promoting closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been established in the UK parliament to develop trade, migration and defence arrangements between the CANZUK countries.
The newly established APPG in the UK Parliament has been launched for Members of Parliament to advocate, promote and discuss issues pertaining to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and how relations between the four countries can be advanced for free movement of citizens, free trade and foreign policy coordination.
Announcing the APPG’s establishment on Twitter, Bob Seely MP (representative for the Isle of Wight) stated:
“This evening, we launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Canada, Australia, New Zealand & the UK #CANZUK partnership. In coming months we’ll explore opportunities to collectively deepen relationships over Trade & Travel, Defence & Diplomacy”.
Within hours of it’s establishment, the APPG had received support from numerous prominent MPs in the UK parliament, including Julia Lopez (Conservative), Andrew Rosindell (Conservative), Ian Murray (Labour), Angus MacNeil (Scottish National Party), Ross Thomson (Conservative), Paul Sweeney (Labour) and many others.
More Members of Parliament are expected to join within the coming weeks as the UK finalises it’s exit from the European Union.
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Establishing a CANZUK cross-party parliamentary group has been a priority for CANZUK International and will now form the basis of developing additional APPGs throughout the four CANZUK countries.
Members of the newly established APPG in the UK, and future APPGs across the CANZUK countries, will discuss closer relations between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom through migration agreements, free trade, security cooperation and defence partnerships. We therefore encourage members of the public to submit our letter/email template to their local Members of Parliament and request their support for furthering ties between the CANZUK countries by joining, or establishing, APPGs in their respective legislatures.
CANZUK International will continue to work with MPs in the newly established APPG in the United Kingdom, and also continue to advocate for the establishment of APPGs in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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