The majority of Commonwealth citizens in Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand would like an EU-style system of free movement between the four countries, a new poll indicates.
The survey, commissioned by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), shows a high level of support for reciprocal rights to live and work freely in each other’s nations.
Some 75pc of Canadians, 58pc of Britons, 70pc of Australians, and 82pc of New Zealanders of those questioned supported free mobility.
“Collectively we possess a unique bond which needs protecting. We share a language, a legal system, and a Queen,” Tim Hewish, director of policy and research at the RCS and author of the report, said.
“This is shown most visibly on all our passports with the Queen or her representative ‘allowing the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance’. Free labour mobility zones offer a contemporary way to demonstrate the deep ties between our peoples and I urge governments to discuss practical ways achieving this,” Mr Hewish added.
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Almost 5,000 Commonwealth citizens in the four countries were surveyed since November last year.
Canadians aged 18-29 are the least supportive of a free mobility arrangement, with 71pc backing the move. Those aged 30-39 were most supportive, as 77pc were in agreement.