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Our Year In Review: 2019

It has been a great year for the CANZUK campaign, with many milestones accomplished towards free movement and trade between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. We take a look at our biggest achievements from 2019 and what 2020 holds for our campaign.

2019 has been a tremendous year for the CANZUK campaign and the advocacy efforts of CANZUK International

Written by James Skinner

James is the founder & chief executive of
CANZUK International in Toronto, Canada

            

From numerous government officials declaring support for our CANZUK campaign, to our proposals being implemented as part of federal party platforms, it has been a great year for CANZUK International and the campaign for closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Throughout the year, we have interviewed with multiple news outlets such as BBC News, CTV News and Global News about our proposals, and have gained viewership from millions of people who have subsequently visited our website and written to their local Members of Parliament pledging their support for CANZUK.

With thousands of emails and letters sent to the parliaments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, senior government officials have publicly declared their support for increased ties between the CANZUK countries, and over 280,000 people have signed our online petition advocating the same.

Earlier in the year, CANZUK International received support from a leading think tank in the United Kingdom, The Institute of Economic Affairs, with their report titled “Immigration: Picking the low-hanging fruits”, which has called for the UK government to streamline its immigration system and for reciprocal migration between the CANZUK countries to be “implemented immediately”.


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Soon after, Members of Parliament within the UK established an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) specifically dedicated to CANZUK, allowing all MPs within the House of Commons to meet and discuss future developments of trade, diplomacy and migration between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

This subsequently prompted renewed calls from the current UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for a Trans-Tasman-style free-movement area between the UK and Australia to be established after Brexit, stating, “If we can do something better with Australia, Canada and New Zealand, we certainly should…these are nations that are very similar in many ways – we share very, very similar interests and a uniquely shared set of values”.

In June, CANZUK International was successful in expanding UK based e-Passport gates to include citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The expansion now allows passengers from CANZUK countries to pass easily through border security, either to visit or work, providing they possess a chipped passport and undertake a facial recognition scan at airport security gates.

Later in the year, a huge milestone was accomplished for our campaign where senior officials in Australia and the UK confirmed that plans were being drafted which would allow citizens to live and work in either country without the requirement of time-sensitive visas and work permits.

The proposal was discussed by the UK’s Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, and Australian Trade Minister, Simon Birmingham, stating, “We want a fully comprehensive trade deal that reflects our deep, ongoing relationship, the friendship between our two countries, the fact that Australians want to come and live and work in Britain, and Brits want to come and live and work in Australia”.

The said deal is expected to develop soon after the UK’s departure from the European Union in January 2020 and be finalised by Christmas 2020, according to sources.

Finally, in October, CANZUK International was delighted to receive support from the Official Opposition in New Zealand, the New Zealand National Party.

The party leader, Simon Bridges, openly called for free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and further stated that the New Zealand Government should be doing everything it can to ensure New Zealanders can travel more freely within CANZUK countries.

As such, there is no doubt that the CANZUK campaign has gained tremendous momentum and success this year, and we at CANZUK International are honoured to lead the campaign and continue its success into 2020.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters around the world for their volunteer work, donations and encouragement, as without you, our campaign would not exist. Together, we are making, and will continue to make, tremendous strides in accomplishing free movement and free trade between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

From all of us at CANZUK International, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2020. Thank you for your continued support.

      
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