Support for the political union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK is growing now more than ever as U.S. president Donald Trump continues to damage relationships with America’s closest allies.

For decades, the four countries have considered the United States a dependable trade partner, with shared agreements allowing for peaceful cooperations among them over the years. But it seems the Trump administration is hellbent on ruining those accords, as it continues to fuel a trade war with the imposition of ‘insulting’ tariffs and dismantling of treaties that have been in place for a long time.

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In the Trump era, the United States may no longer be the reliable partner its allies once knew. Trump, consumed by his ego, is determined to follow through with his protectionist agenda and cut off the rest of the world from the United States. That’s why the CANZUK agreement, which promotes free movement and trade between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, is so important.

In a piece for the Financial Post, Dr. Andrew Lilico explains why CANZUK is necessary in this day and age:

“The post-Cold-War alliances and assumptions are obselete. NAFTA is dead. The EU will soon lose one of its largest members. Trump might downgrade NATO, abandon the WTO and even diminish the UN. It’s tempting, in a world of change, to try to cling to as much of the old certainties as possible. But if we look up and out, something new beckons. Free trade, free movement and a new security partnership between countries of shared culture and natural affinity. CANZUK is the global deal of tomorrow.”

Over 230,000 people have signed a petition supporting CANZUK so far, and that number continues to grow every day. The concepts of free trade and movement are incredibly appealing to both the governments and citizens of the four countries.

As a unit, they would have the largest total landmass of any free-trade zone and also constitute the fourth-largest market in the world, after the U.S., EU and China.

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“What makes CANZUK a natural union is perhaps self-evident. Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand share a similar culture, similar values, and analogous legal, business and social systems that allow us to get along easily and interchangeably,” adds Lilico.

“Our laws and constitutions share many features … Our citizens enjoy a roughly similar per capita GDP … Our societies are peaceful and orderly.”

Would you support free movement and trade under CANZUK? Sign the petition here.

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