Independent polling of Peers in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords has revealed strong support for establishing free movement and trade agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand under a CANZUK agreement.
The polling, conducted by UK Research firm Savanta ComRes, surveyed Peers across the United Kingdom and from various political parties.
The fieldwork was conducted to gain political insights and opinions on Brexit, the finalized EU negotiations and the establishment of free movement, trade and foreign policy cooperation between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The findings revealed strong support from all Peers (Conservative, Labour and Cross-Benchers) for developing closer relations with the CANZUK countries.
“As well as internally, the UK will need to focus on foreign relations in the post-Brexit era,” the report’s summary states. “One belief held by the majority of Peers is that a CANZUK agreement (between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK) should be sought, including free trade, free movement and common foreign policy agreements.”
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“Three in four (76%) Peers agree such an agreement should be explored, whilst only one in ten (8%) disagree. This appears to have significant support from all political parties and crossbenchers, with high proportions of Conservative Peers (81%), Crossbenchers (78%) and Labour Peers (68%) agreeing.”
The results come shortly after polling revealed majority support for CANZUK among UK Members of Parliament, with 94% supporting free trade and 61% supporting free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 76% of MPs also agreed that CANZUK would be of significance in the modern world.
The full report from Savanta ComRes can be viewed and downloaded here.
CANZUK International is delighted with the results of the survey and will continue to work with UK Peers in promoting CANZUK and advancing the objectives of the CANZUK All-Party Parliamentary Group in the UK throughout 2021.
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