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Old 03-22-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: In transition
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I saw this on the news the other day and definitely looks intriguing. There is an organization started to propose EU style freedom of movement between Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. I think it's a great idea and I even started a thread on this earlier about open borders between Canada, Aus and NZ. It would be great to include the UK as well. There is an online petition and so far it has more than 60,000 signatures and these petitions will be presented to the respective national governments later this year. Anyway, what do you all think?

The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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It's an interesting idea. I don't think it will happen though. It's also quite different than the EU model since travelling between these countries is much harder and more expensive, so it might be an expensive proposal for just the few that can afford it.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Neat idea, but ultimately a no-go for a few reasons.

- It's inherently racist. Why are the only members of the proposal the "white" part of the Commonwealth? No South Africa, Singapore, India, Pakistan, etc. If you're going to veil it under the Commonwealth at least be accurate.

- Schengen agreement. By virtue of having free access to the UK, you would automatically have access to Europe by agreement. There is no chance that the EU would allow unfettered economic access and freedom of movement.

It's a good idea, but if it has a hope of success, the UK should probably be dropped from it.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:02 AM
 
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the UK is not a schengen country.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I stand corrected. They just have the reciprocal freedom of movement and residence within the EU due to EU law.
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