Norway Should Consider its Alliance with CANZUK

A number of articles are coming from Norway and Iceland suggesting that Britain joins a non-EU Nordic Alliance. BTmenginer have released and article stating that Norway should not just consider its Alliance with Britain but with the wider CANZUK framework. A Google Translated excerpt is available below however the full article is below.

Cohesion in the West is under threat. Norway must choose who we will partner with in the future.

The balance in the world is shifted both in terms of economic strength, the level of knowledge and research, cultural and ideological appeal, and not least technological and industrial power and military power.

But now we are in a period of dramatic change that reflects both the weakening of the West in relation to other states, and in how the Western countries relate to each other.

Following Brexit , a strong extension of cooperation between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the so-called CANZUK, has been launched as a kind of alternative to the EU. At the same time, these countries have a certain shared history, culture and identity. They are all part of the British Commonwealth, under Queen Elizabeth. This may not mean that the British Empire is on its way back, but it is an indication that something is going on.

Norway should do a very thorough analysis of which states we wish to cooperate with.

PM Boris Johnson outlines new review to define Britain’s place in the world.

PM Boris Johnson outlines new review to define Britain’s place in the world. The Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development will re-examine the UK’s priorities and objectives.

Note that the wording of intent of this review is very similar to the document:

Written by Bob Seely MP and James Rogers. This very same document was also endorsed by the then foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

This document highlighted the CANZUK alliance as being pivotal to Britain’s future and advocated for Free Movement, Free Trade, Integrated Diplomacy, Military Cooperation and Procurement, the formation of a joint Indo-Pacific CANZUK Naval Fleet, Space Collaboration and a Defence Pact between the CANZUK countries. It is likely that this document will resurface as the backbone to a UK Government White Paper.

Hungarian Media Report on Brexit and the CANZUK Movement

A Google translated quotation:

The CANZUK Initiative aims to create an economic community between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with the free movement of goods, capital and labor, but as a first step, at least to achieve free employment between the four countries. (Interestingly, Elizabeth II is the head of state for all four countries to date.) At first glance, the idea might seem anachronistic if it meant a resurrection of the British Empire, except that Australia and New Zealand are now more closely linked to the United States than to each other, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand. However, when you think about it, there are a number of practical factors behind the idea. It is the 21st Century’s travel and transportation conditions that make it much easier for citizens and goods from five culturally close countries to move between themselves than they were in the 19th or 20th Century.

Being a close ally of all four countries in the US can make it easier for them to cooperate with each other, while also reducing the overwhelming advantage of the US if the four smaller Anglo-Saxon countries coordinate with each other. Although, unlike the free trade negotiations between the United States and the United Kingdom, CANZUK still exists at the theoretical level, with Brexit all four countries become interested in it, and there is little reason for them not to take such a step. So far, Britain’s EU membership has been the main reason for not realizing the idea, as EU treaties would not have allowed the UK to grant such privileges to non-EU countries. Brexit, on the other hand, removes this obstacle, indeed, from here on out, Britain will become interested in making up for the loss of free employment for its citizens in Europe. According to a 2018 poll, 82% of New Zealand’s population, 76% of Canada’s population, 73% of Australia’s and 68% of the UK’s population would support free employment in the four countries.

PM Boris Johnson sets out his vision for Unleashing Britain’s Potential

We will reach out to the Commonwealth which now has some of the fastest growing economies in the world. It was fantastic at the recent Africa summit to see how many that wanted to turn that great family of nations into a free trade zone even if we have to begin with clumps and groups.

We will engage with old friends and partners Australia, New Zealand, Canada, on whom we deliberately turned our backs on the early 1970’s.