During a live House of Commons debate on January 11th 2021, Members of Parliament called for the British government to work towards establishing closer ties with Canada, Australia and New Zealand following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Members of Parliament Andrew Rosindell and Martin Vickers attended the debate on Monday evening, endorsing the exploration of CANZUK and the implementation of reciprocal migration, trade and foreign policy cooperation between the four countries.
The debate hosted numerous MPs, both in-person and online, to discuss the UK’s role outside of the European Union and how the British government could capitalize on establishing its own foreign policy objectives.
Speaking first, Rosindell (MP for Romford) stated:
“We have an opportunity to build a stronger alliance with Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as we share so much in common with the CANZUK nations through family ties, history, culture, language, and of course, with the Queen as our common Head of State. So let us work to make this alliance a reality.”
Later in the debate, Vickers (MP for Cleethorpes) also encouraged the UK government to pursue a CANZUK agreement in the coming months:
“I am confident about our place in the global world,” he said. “For evidence of this, we need look no further than the remarkable achievement of my Rt. Hon friend, the Trade Secretary, and her team, who successfully negotiated over 60 continuity agreements since we formally left the EU almost a year ago.
“The government has set out its very welcome ambition to join the CPTPP, and maybe we should also consider in greater detail, as others have mentioned, CANZUK, which could bring together Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK as an international powerhouse.”
CANZUK International will continue to work with MPs across the United Kingdom and encourage parliamentary debate and government endorsement for CANZUK, together with its implementation as part of UK foreign policy.