2020: MP Responses to Letters on CANZUK

We have been encouraging all supporters of the CANZUK movement to write letters to their MP and other governmental departments across the four CANZUK countries. Here are some of the letters shared with out Facebook Group. Please continue writing and sharing your MPs responses to CANZUK and keep the pressure up.

Thank you for your email of 22nd January concerning the CANZUK movement.

I welcome that the UK’s exit from the European Union affords our country with the opportunity to pursue an ambitious trade agenda by striking new trade agreements with countries across the globe; setting up an independent trade policy for the first time in 40 years. That is why I welcome that four consultations were launched to seek the public’s views on the first of these potential bilateral agreements.

As you may know, public consultations will run ahead of any negotiations of new free trade agreements with the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and on the potential accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The UK will also seek to strengthen our already considerable trade and investment ties with Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These countries are not only strong trading partners, but are close security, economic and cultural partners too. In 2018, the UK exported just under £11.2 billion worth of goods and services to Australia; just over £1.6 billion to New Zealand; and £11 billion to Canada.

I welcome that Australia and New Zealand (along with the US) have signed mutual recognition agreements with the UK to maintain the effects of EU agreements in a bilateral context. These agreements will come into effect once the UK leaves the EU, even in a no-deal scenario.

Furthermore, I understand that Ministers are working to transition the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada into a bilateral deal as the UK leaves the EU, with engagement between the UK and Canadian Governments ongoing. The UK Government would like to achieve this at the earliest opportunity.

I am also pleased that there have been consultations to seek the public’s views on potential future free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. Striking new trade agreements will build on our encouraging growth and boost British trade and investment still further.

James Heappey (MP for the Wells Constituency)

February which spells out the biggest shake-up of the UK’s immigration system in a generation, welcoming the most talented people from around the world and restoring public trust in our immigration system.

We will end free movement with the EU on 1 January 2021 and introduce a single global immigration system which prioritises the skills people have to offer and how they will contribute to the UK’s economy, not where they come from. The new system will attract the brightest and best talent from across the world, including scientists innovators and academics.

Free trade agreements are not the only tools to enhance the close bonds between our four countries. For example, the government announced last year preferential access for citizens of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand through the use of e-gates at UK airports as well as the Eurostar terminal, thereby helping these travellers visit the UK.

As some of the UK’s closest allies, we engage and collaborate closely with the Governments of all three countries on foreign policy – including through the Five Eyes Security Partnership and by working together in international fora such as the UN, WTO and the Commonwealth

Yours Sincerely

Asia Pacific Department (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)