The following article appeared on the Conservative Home blog and is presented with the permission of the author.
“The UK just voted to leave the European Union; why on earth should we support Commonwealth free movement?” This is a question I am frequently asked from individuals all over the world, especially those living in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada who are familiar with my organisation and its campaign.
The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation (CFMO), which I had the privilege of founding, has campaigned for freedom of movement between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada since last year, and since we became internationally recognized, our support has continued to grow rapidly each and every day.
Over 160,000 people have signed our petition calling for free movement between these Commonwealth countries, and an independent poll of 206,000 people (conducted by CBC News in Canada) found that over 92 per cent supported our proposals. We have also received the support of politicians and diplomats across the world and, since the Brexit referendum, our website has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each month, all eager to learn about what the future holds for free movement between the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.