The UK formally left the EU in January 2020 though continued paying into the Brussels budget, and following EU rules, until the end of December. Campaigners are calling on Boris Johnson to support Britain joining a new ‘CANZUK’ alliance, named after the four countries it would consist of.
Speaking to Express.co.uk James Skinner, chief executive of CANZUK International, argued the proposed group would make all its members safer and wealthier.
CANZUK International is calling for free trade, reciprocal migration and greater foreign policy cooperation between Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
This means Britons would be free to move to the other CANZUK countries, provided they don’t have a serious criminal conviction, and vice versa.
Mr Skinner emphasised the new alliance should not seek “ever closer union” in the manner of the European Union.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Boris Johnson has been urged to back a 'CANZUK' alliance with Canada, Australia and New Zealand (Image: GETTY)
CANZUK could be a new alliance for post-Brexit Britain (Image: GETTY)
He said: “It would very much be completely different to what the EU structure is.
“So for example where the EU has gone down the routes of having a European Parliament, an EU commission, having a centralised currency, a centralised court system, CANZUK would be nothing of the sort nor would we ever advocate for that to be the case.
“What we’ve always advocated is these countries would work as sovereign independent counties on the international stage, working together for initiatives like reciprocal migration, trade, foreign policy.”
A poll of 13,600 people in 2018 for CANZUK International found overwhelming support for free movement in all four nations.
The policy was backed by 82 percent of New Zealanders, 76 percent of Canadians, 73 percent of Australians and 68 percent of Britons.
Canada’s main opposition, the Conservative Party of