The petition calls for free movement between the four countries
The petition on change.org, organised by CANZUK International, argues because of the unique relationship between the four countries, they should all benefit from a free travel agreement.
The tie-up would represent a boost for the fourth largest economic area in the world, with the nations already sharing the same head of state, common law legal system, culture and language.
Campaigner think that after Brexit, the UK is more able to pursue visa-free agreements
Now that we have voted to leave the European Union, we can advance the ever-growing diplomatic, economic and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties
The petition states: “Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share the same head of state, the same common-law legal system, the same western culture, the same respect for democracy and even the same language.”
Campaigners believe now Britain is to leave the European Union's free movement zone it should pursue visa-free agreements with its Commonwealth allies.
Founder of the organisation, James Skinner, said: “Now that we have voted to leave the European Union, we can advance the ever-growing diplomatic, economic and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties, and embrace the countless benefits that free movement between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada would bring.”
A senior Canadian member of parliament and candidate for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Michael Chong MP, has also just declared his support for this visa-free movement.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to John Hall, the Dean of Westminster (R) as she leaves a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London
He said: “I think its a good idea to explore a new trade deal with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, particularly in light of the Brexit vote.”
According to The Royal Commonwealth Society, UK businesses want to see the Government prioritise trade deals with the Commonwealth post-Brexit.
According to the society, 93 per cent and 89 per cent of businesses have said that Canada and South Africa were their first and second priorities for trade.
The former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called for a free labour mobility zone between the UK and Australia with the view of possibly extending it to other countries.
According to a YouGov survey, 70 per cent of Australians, 75 per cent of Canadians, 82 per cent of New Zealanders and 58 per cent of Britons support free mobility between the four countries.
Boris Johnson is behind visa-free movement between the UK and Australia
President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Lord Howell said: “This polling is invaluable as it shows the views and wishes of these Commonwealth friends in strong support of closer ties.
“Governments must find ways to build them and to remove the obstacles that stand in their way.”