The Tories promise to advocate for the “CANZUK alliance,” consisting of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Depending on how this policy gets fleshed out, it could be significant. America is leaving a vacuum in world leadership. Other countries, and other coalitions and alliances, need to fill it.
Cyprus, a Commonwealth Country has a special relationship with the UK with Akrotiri and Dhekelia being a British Overseas Territory located on the island of Cyprus and a bill to safeguard the rights of Britons in Cyprus is being discussed.
In May 2019, the following non-EU passports were added to the UK egates:
- New Zealand
- United States
- South Korea
Many people were wondering why South African passports weren’t also added. It appears that this week, that South African Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsolaledi is looking to amend this however he admits that there has been problems in the past which ultimately ended up with the UK restricting all South Africans.
We used to enter the UK visa-free, but unfortunately, something happened some years back where there were complaints where other nations were able to forge our passport. We have improved, our passports are harder to forge now and we think the UK should reconsider.Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
That being said, these days however the passport is not just a piece of paper and the piece of paper part in any case has a large number of fluorescent markers, similar to the difference in old to new bank notes, making it harder to illegally copy. The physical passport will also be linked to a South African database which following an agreement between South Africa and the UK, the UK will be able to link its Electronic Travel Authorisation system to check whether the passport is genuine. There may also be facial and fingerprint checks at the egates just to make sure everything with the person travelling checks out.
On the other hand, the South African Travel Advice by the UK Government deems South Africa as having a far higher level of violent crime that the other countries it has added to its e-gates.
The corruption index of South Africa is also substantially lower (higher is better) than the CANZUK countries (87 New Zealand, 85 Singapore, 81 Canada, 80 United Kingdom, 77 Australia, 76 Hong Kong, 73 Japan, 71 United States, 57 South Korea versus 43 South Africa).
The CANZUK movement is getting more and more coverage as it becomes a mainstream policy. Previously we have argued strongly for a Canadian Style Trade Deal and the Australian Points Based Immigration system as key components to the CANZUK Movement and a successful post-Brexit Britain… These policies are proven and successful policies, applied in other CANZUK countries that could be equally applicable to the UK, a country which shares a similar culture and traditions to the other CANZUK countries. We have also argued the fact that a “Canadian Style trade deal” would give the UK both the trade it requires with the EU and independence it needs to make its own trade deal. Finally we have equated the “Australian Style Points Based Immigration system” with the possibility of the UK and Canada joining the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement.
It seems that the far-left media has been reading about our CANZUK content and added their own wee spice of remoanerism. They have also added in Donald Trump and the USA in for good measure.
The argument for Brexit was accompanied by the fantasy that Britain could compensate for the loss of access to its largest market by joining the reassuringly white and English-speaking “Anglosphere” of Australia, Canada, the US and New Zealand. This is why they talk of an “Australian-style points system” and “Canada-style trade deals” and hope against all evidence that the protectionist Donald Trump will rescue Britain.Nick Cohen