London Mayor and parliamentary hopeful Boris Johnson is backing a report by a British think-tank which calls for New Zealanders and Australians to freely live and work in Britain.
Mr Johnson has written a foreword to a Commonwealth Exchange report which calls for Kiwis and Australians to be given the same rights to travel and work in the United Kingdom as people from the European Union.
The report – How to Solve a Problem Like a Visa – was released last night [NZ time] by the British think-tank, which focuses on Commonwealth relations.
It recommended establishing a “bilateral mobility zone” which would allow Kiwis and Aussies to travel and work in Britain and Britons to travel and work reciprocally in those two countries. A similar argument was made for Canada.
Prime Minister John Key said he would welcome the development but was “sceptical” about the likelihood of it coming to fruition.
Immigration was a major political issue in Britain, he said. “They’ve got a general election in May next year and I think it’s going to be very challenging to see much progress in that area.”
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