The UK could be one step closer to forming the “CANZUK Union”, the acronym for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK after it finally unshackle itself from the bloc, four years after it voted to leave. Historian Andrew Roberts described how the “superpower” nations whose majority of people speak English could form an alliance to be a free trade zone with the free movement of people.
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The ”CANZUK” nations are already poised to strike post-Brexit trade deals.
The union could have a mutual defence organisation and combined military capabilities, the historian claimed.
Mr Roberts said the alliance would be the fourth-largest economy in the world, ranking behind the US, China and the EU. He claimed the union would have a combined GDP of more than £4.6 trillion.
The historian told how it could have a mutual defence organisation and combined military capabilities.
Mr Roberts revealed the expansionism of China was the greatest threat and the biggest reason for the “CANZUK” union to manifest.
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The “CANZUK” idea has been strengthened by the united front that Canada, Australia and the UK have put on in the face of China’s aggression and the joint decision to block Huawei from its 5G networks.
He said: “There is no reason why the American taxpayer should pick up the bill of being the world’s policeman forever, and an intimate alliance with CANZUK would provide welcome relief.
“The cost of curbing and containing China’s global ambitions would become the historic role of not one but two superpowers, as it is clear that the EU has no interest in trying to stop Chinese hegemony in Asia.
“A strong, prosperous CANZUK Union would make the Anglosphere a force-multiplier in a more uncertain world.”
If the countries formed a federation it would have a seat on the UN Security Council, as the UK has a seat there currently.
According to The Royal Commonwealth Society, UK businesses want to see the Government prioritise trade deals with the Commonwealth post-Brexit.
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.”
Me Andrews said it was important for such a union to come into being in order to protest democracy worldwide as we enter a precarious future.
He added: “A second Anglospheric superpower would mean that the political values we share will be better defended and promoted, and a flourishing CANZUK would be a fine neighbour and trading and defence partner for the US.
“As the world order undergoes its most profound transition since the end of the Cold War, it is an idea whose moment has arrived.”
Boris Johnson’s Government has so far refused to extend the Brexit transition period beyond December 31 and has vowed to thrash out a trade deal with the EU by the end of the year.