Speaking with the UK newspaper The Express, Australian Senator Eric Abetz has pushed for closer diplomatic and economic ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom emphasizing the political and economic benefits of the four nations working together in a new alliance.
The Senator for Tasmania, who was first elected in 1994, urged the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson to push for the alliance now that the United Kingdom has obtained independence from the European Union.
“Very early on, when Brexit was being mooted, I was one of those first in Australia to be promoting the CANZUK proposal of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK becoming a trading and social bloc,” he said.
Abetz has long supported closer ties between the CANZUK nations, advocating for the alliance in the Australian Senate on numerous occasions and publicly referencing it as an “exciting opportunity”.
“The UK has done a great service to the world at large in relation to how it has done its democracy. From an absolute monarchy to where we are now, its traditions and history are fantastic and those traditions and history are embedded in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.”
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“Having CANZUK would be a great opportunity for people’s exchanges as well,” he continued. “We have such a robust security system. We trust each other. We are able to trust each other’s passports.
“Basically, we have the same standards of living and I don’t think we would be in danger if we had more relaxed people’s movement opportunities.”
The endorsement from Abetz comes shortly after the Leader of the Opposition in Canada, Erin O’Toole MP, called for the formation of CANZUK “to build a bloc of aligned democratic countries”, and UK Members of Parliament called for the UK government to explore the creation of a CANZUK alliance throughout 2021.
CANZUK International will continue to work with Senator Abetz and all Australian Senators to promote legislation supportive of reciprocal migration, free trade and foreign policy cooperation between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
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