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Visa-free movement across UK, Canada, Australia and NZ? Campaign boost as 200,000 sign up

May 18, 2017 11:52 AM
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Visa-free movement across UK, Canada, Australia and NZ? Campaign boost as 200,000 sign up

A PETITION demanding visa-free movement between the old Commonwealth allies of the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has been signed by 191,000 people.

The petition on, organised by CANZUK International, argues because of the unique relationship between the four countries, they should all benefit from a free travel agreement.

The tie-up would represent a boost for the fourth largest economic area in the world, with the nations already sharing the same head of state, common law legal system, culture and language.

The petition states: “Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share the same head of state, the same common-law legal system, the same western culture, the same respect for democracy and even the same language.”

Campaigners believe now Britain is to leave the European Union's free movement zone it should pursue visa-free agreements with its Commonwealth allies.

Founder of the organisation, James Skinner, said: “Now that we have voted to leave the European Union, we can advance the ever-growing diplomatic, economic and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties, and embrace the countless benefits that free movement between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada would bring.”

A senior Canadian member of parliament and candidate for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Michael Chong MP, has also just declared his support for this visa-free movement.

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