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Our online petition, advocating the free movement of citizens between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, has received over 170,600 signatures (and is continuing to rise).

Thank you to all who have signed and shared.

Our support is growing rapidly every day, and members of the public (as well as high-profile politicians and diplomats) are pledging their support for visa free/work permit free travel for citizens between our four nations.

Our petition is also one of the most viewed petitions on this month, as thousands of people across the Commonwealth have signed and shared online, demonstrating huge support for our proposals across the world and promoting our cause to be one of the fastest growing issues within international politics.

The campaign is making tremendous progress, and we are determined to continue increasing our awareness so free movement will be adopted as official immigration policy of the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the near future.

However, we can only achieve this with your continued support…

How Can I Help?

Sign and share our online petition – with over 170,600 signatures, our petition is being viewed daily by politicians, diplomats and ministers across the world. The more signatures we receive, the more we demonstrate the global support for our initiative, providing a mandate for our respective governments to adopt free movement as official immigration policy.

To sign our online petition, please click here.

Join our email campaign – using our email/letter templates, you can download and email/write to your local MP, Minister for Immigration and Prime Minister pledging support for our free movement proposals.

To join our email campaign, please click here.

Contact your local MP – change within our parliaments begins with parliamentary members drafting Bills and promoting causes which the public support. By writing to your local MP, you are asking them to represent your voice in parliament.

For details on how to contact your local Member of Parliament, please click here.

Donate - campaigning, advertising and promotions all require monetary investments to help us achieve freedom of movement.

To donate to the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation, please click here.

We sincerely appreciate all support and efforts made to promote freedom of movement between the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. For more information about how to get involved, please follow us via Facebook and Twitter.

Leaked government documents from the UK conservative party have revealed plans for the United Kingdom to undergo a “grey Brexit”; that being neither a hard Brexit nor a soft Brexit.

David Davis MP could be seeking a "prosperity zone" after Brexit
(photo: Getty images)
A hard Brexit implies the UK will sever all ties to the European Union (including the single market) and strictly rely on trade deals established by the World Trade Organisation.

A soft Brexit, on the other hand, implies the UK will continue to be part of the EU single market, which current Prime Minister, Theresa May, has effectively ruled out because it would prevent the UK establishing its own regulations regarding immigration.

The apparent compromise between the two outcomes is a “grey Brexit”, which David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) has been given permission to plan and eventually implement.

In what comes as significant news for our campaign, the plan includes provisions for negotiating trade deals with other countries outside the EU and creating “a prosperity zone of North America, Australia and New Zealand”.

Of course, the definition of a “prosperity zone” is open to interpretation, but the very mention of mutual prosperity agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand (with the USA) implies potential negotiations of free trade, international diplomacy and freedom of movement between the CANZUK nations.

Our campaign team at the CFMO has frequently been in touch with UK government officials in promoting free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and with our email campaign promoting free movement among government ministers and MPs, it appears future negotiations for free trade and free movement could be discussed upon the triggering of Article 50 in March 2017.

We will continue to advocate freedom of movement within the UK government and seek clarification for what a "prosperity zone" entails.

For more details regarding our freedom of movement campaign, follow us via Facebook and Twitter.

Article published in The Spectator Australia

No countries have a closer relationship with Australia than New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. We have shared history and culture, similar interests and values, and our citizens often travel to, work, and even live in each other’s countries.

Australia can advance trade deals with CANZUK nations
(photo: The Strategist)
In a 2014 BBC poll three-quarters of Australians thought the influence of these three countries was mainly positive, and the reverse is also true: a 2011 survey found that Australia was the most favourable country of Britons. The USA is over 15 points behind.

It is no surprise that the bonds between our four countries are so strong, or that we are known by diplomats as the “CANZUK” group due to our closeness at the international level. Part of the Commonwealth with parliamentary politics, the common law and similar values, we share a rich history and a relationship no other countries share. With the current international economic climate, we have a unique opportunity to capitalise upon this to significantly increase our prosperity and boldly chart a new course for the 21st century.

Earlier this year the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and seek closer economic ties to the rest of the world. Prime Minister Turnbull has already stated his enthusiasm for a “very strong, very open free trade agreement” with the UK, and a bilateral Trade Working Group has already been established.

With the probable failure of the TPP due to the election of Donald Trump in the United States, this is a rare opportunity for Australia that we should not let go to waste by limiting it to a simple bilateral free trade agreement. Rather, our government should demonstrate vision and advocate for a more formal CANZUK grouping.

For over 20 years Australia and New Zealand have benefited from the CERTA agreement, guaranteeing freedom of trade and movement between our two countries, benefiting both sides of the Tasman.

It is time we expanded this. Australians should be able to live and work in the UK or Canada without needing any special permit or visa and without waiting in the rest-of-the-world queue at Heathrow, and idea already endorsed by former Prime Minster Tony Abbott.

Our economies would benefit from free trade, giving our farmers access to the lucrative UK & Canadian markets. Mutual recognition of educational and training qualifications would simplify life for many Australians, while coordinating our regulatory standards would help our businesses prosper. Expanding our defence ties could also provide greater stability and security at a time of rising global tensions.

Such a CANZUK group would be a big player in the world and would not need to rely on anyone else to stand up for it. Between us, we would control a surface area of more than 18 million square kilometres, the largest in the world, exceeding even Russia’s 17 million. Our combined population, at 128 million, would be the world’s 10th largest, just ahead of Japan, and our combined military spending of around $US110 billion would be the world’s third largest, behind the U.S. and China but well ahead of Russia.

At $US6.5 trillion in combined GDP and total global trade worth more than $US3 trillion, the CANZUK countries would be one of the words strongest economies and taken seriously. When CANZUK spoke, not everyone would agree. But everyone would have to listen.

There is little danger in such an arrangement becoming one-sided or tilted in favour of the United Kingdom. The GDP of Australia and Canada together is higher than that of the UK, and the Canadian, Australian and NZ populations combined are about the same as that of the UK, and any Secretariat can be set outside the UK to avoid any perceptions of the revival of empire. This would be a partnership of equals, based on similarity of goals, constitutions and cultures and very great mutual regard.

Many of the world’s alliances still reflect the era of the Cold War or its immediate aftermath. We need a new set for the age of the internet and the space-plane, in which trusting each other and clicking when we deal together is more important than distance. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share that trust and have a historic opportunity to forge a prosperous future.

It’s good to have mates. Isn’t it worth a try?

Andrew Lilico is Director of Europe Economics and Tim Andrews is the Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.

With our cultural similarities, strong economies and seasonal job opportunities, it is easy for Brits, Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders to dream of relocating within the CANZUK area, either temporarily or permanently.

How expensive are CANZUK cities? (photograph: U Move Australia)
Many choose the temporary route, involving working holiday visas, youth mobility programs and seasonal permits. Others relocate permanently, either through spousal sponsorship or work sponsorship, and millions more hope to relocate (one day) under our free movement proposals, effectively nullifying the need for any of the above.

However, upon arrival in their new city and CANZUK country of choice, many individuals find difficulty in adapting to the varying (and sometimes frustrating) costs of living. A native from Montreal, Canada may find the cost of living surprisingly high in Perth, Australia. Alternatively, a new arrival from Tauranga, New Zealand may be astonished at the rent prices in London, UK, and a lower ability to purchase goods and services with the same income.

Below, we have accumulated data regarding the most common issues affecting migrants who relocate within the CANZUK area, and an explanation of the data is given below:

[All data provided by Numbeo and accurate at time of publication (November 30th, 2016)]

The data provided is given as an “index” number, meaning all values are metrically calculated against a centralised value. As standard with world data and global indexes, values are measured against a “baseline city”, which in most cases, is New York, United States. If New York was to be placed within our data above, its values would look like this:

Because New York has a base value of 100.00, other cities around the world can be compared as a percentage figure. For example:

  • The Cost of Living in Edinburgh, UK is only 69.27% that of New York’s, therefore it is 30.73% cheaper (100% - 69.27% = 30.73%) to live in Edinburgh than New York;
  • Grocery prices in Brisbane, Australia are 73.92% that of New York’s, effectively indicating that groceries are 26.08% cheaper (100% - 73.92% = 26.08%) in Brisbane than New York;
  • Local Purchasing Power in Wellington, New Zealand has an index value of 127.41, meaning that  you can purchase $127.41 worth of goods and commodities in Wellington as you can with $100 in New York (inclusive of exchange rates).

As a general rule, it is better for the Cost of Living, Rent, Cost of Living Plus Rent and Groceries indexes to be lower, while better for the Local Purchasing Power index to be higher.  

From this, individuals relocating within the CANZUK area can estimate the price and cost variances between their home city and their relocation city. For example:

  • Rent prices in London, UK (70.99) are 25.29% more expensive than rent prices in Vancouver, Canada (45.7). We reach this conclusion via the sum:  70.99 - 45.7 = 25.29%);
  • Grocery prices in Brisbane, Australia and Canberra, Australia are very similar;
  • By comparison, you can purchase $115.71 worth of goods and commodities in Cardiff, UK and $107.09 worth of goods and commodities in Auckland, New Zealand, with $100 USD;
  • Cost of living and rent is 19.65% more expensive in London, UK than Tauranga, New Zealand (76.08% - 56.43% = 19.65%).

Therefore, data accumulated in this way provides useful information regarding cost/price comparison in differing cities throughout the CANZUK area. From the data, we can also conclude the following:

We will be looking to update these statistics often and provide the latest indexes throughout the CANZUK area as they formulate.

For more information regarding cost comparisons in CANZUK cities, please email us at

David Seymour is the Member of Parliament for Epsom in New Zealand, and the leader of the ACT Party.

As a strong advocate for free movement between New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, his previous statement issued by the ACT party's website supported negotiations for a free movement zone within the CANZUK nations:

David Seymour is ACT Party leader in New Zealand
(photo: Newstalk ZB)
"We already have strong connections with these nations through family, friendship, and business. Let’s break down the walls and make the great overseas experience even greater.

As a special contribution to the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation, David has published the following article, explaining how New Zealand and Australia can advance the current Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement to include Canada and the UK, and why the current political climate is the opportune time to promote free movement between New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the UK.

More information about David's career in the New Zealand parliament can be found via his parliamentary website and the ACT party's website.

To sign our online petition for free movement with New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom (with over 170,000 signatures), please click here.


In 1973 the Australian and New Zealand Government entered into the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, granting New Zealanders visa-free travel and residency in Australia, and vice-versa. In 1983 we entered into the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER) – a pioneering model of bilateral free trade. Today there are dozens of agreements that form a part of Australia and New Zealand’s massively successful economic and trading relationship.

Very few bilateral or multilateral partnerships in the world have achieved CER’s level of economic integration while keeping participants’ sovereignty and identity intact. The modern relationship means that there is not only free movement of people and capital, but aligned professional and product standards allowing workers who qualify for a profession in one country to work in the other, and making goods certified for sale in one automatically approved in the other.

The result of TTTA and CER since the 1970s and 80s has been increased trade and migration between Australia and New Zealand. Australia is New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner (only recently nudged back by China). Australia remains by far New Zealand’s largest tourist market. There are about 650,000 New Zealanders living in Australia, while the last census recorded 63,000 people of Australian birth living in New Zealand. On both sides of the Tasman, these migrants make up a significant share of the workforce and market.

The free movement of people, ideas, information and capital has made both nations more prosperous. The two countries share a belief in equality, secularism and multiculturalism. We have a common law legal system and a Westminster parliamentary democracy that share common heritage.

The ingredients that have made the Australia-New Zealand relationship a success are also there to support a CANZUK agreement. Canada and the UK share many of the same values that Australia and New Zealand share. All four nations are liberal democracies with an open attitude to the world. The falling cost of air travel means our nations get closer together each year. We are all economically advanced, but have different specialisations that can truly make a free trade and free movement partnership thrive.

Australia & New Zealand have long embraced free movement
(photo: Getty images)
The Brexit vote presents Britain with the opportunity to find new partners around the world. Prior to Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community, it was the Commonwealth that enjoyed preferential treatment for trade and migration. A natural starting place for post-Brexit Britain is back with us.

The election of Trump has put the TPPA on ice – it would have been a trade deal including Australia, New Zealand and Canada along with the US and other Pacific nations. The result has even cast doubt over some of America’s existing trade deals, including its deal with Canada under NAFTA. The timing is perfect for a new CANZUK deal.

Free movement and free trade will benefit our economies and will enhance our shared values. We can build on the cultural exchange that takes place when young Kiwis take their OE in Britain, or when Canadian tourists take working holidays in New Zealand.

Together Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK are 125 million people. We have the potential for huge advancement by allying the best of our innovation, entrepreneurship and culture through free movement. I hope we will grasp this opportunity with both hands.   

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, a vast majority of skilled immigrants move to one of four nations; the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Most skilled migrants travel to work in the UK, Australia & the USA
(photo: Getty Images)
The NBER paper entitled “Global Talent Flows” researched the movement of talented individuals across the world, and found that nearly 75% of highly skilled workers end up in these four countries.

The paper also predicts that the English-speaking nations will continue to attract the highest percentage of global skilled migration.

The attractiveness of English‐speaking, high‐income countries for high‐skilled migrants has led other destination countries, such as France, Germany and Spain, to increase their efforts to attract these workers,” the paper reads.

Nevertheless, the volume of skilled migration to the four Anglo‐Saxon countries, coupled with the significant asymmetry in the concentration of leading universities, high‐tech firms and research centres, implies that the global competition for skills will continue to be fierce and will likely remain unequal.

Canada is also aiming to increase the number of skilled immigrants arriving at its borders each year. With an ageing population and declining labour force, the current Liberal government is attempting to increase immigration in order to keep the economy growing.

The CFMO has already published reasons why freedom of movement with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom would be the ideal solution for Canada’s immigration requirements, and you can read our full article here.

Businesses have often made the argument that current immigration programs in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom do not allow them to bring in skilled international workers quickly enough, and as a result, the most sought after immigrants in the world end up moving to the United States. The USA currently receives 40% of the world’s most skilled immigrants according to the NBER paper.

Canada is committed to attracting more skilled migration
(photo: Local Toronto)
However, applying free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the “CANZUK nations”) would allow each of these nations access to highly skilled workers, thereby increasing economic growth, innovation and investment.

A CANZUK union would also have the potential to develop as an economic global leader with USD $6.5 trillion in combined GDP and global trade of USD $3.5 trillion, thereby advancing trade, growth and diplomacy for greater prosperity and increased quality of life.

With tremendous access to skilled migration, economic prosperity, investment and trade opportunities, the CANZUK nations would greatly benefit from freedom of movement to grant skilled workers ease of access to employment opportunities and business developments not available under current immigration regulations.

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