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The country first joined the European Economic Community (EEC), The impact on trade relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union won't. It will have a trade relationship with the EU similar to Canada's. in the EU- Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or Ceta. The UK has been a consistent supporter of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade.
We share a strongly held view that the enhancement of the relationship between our two countries is of crucial importance, not only to both nations, but to the international community as a whole. Relations between Canada and the United Kingdom have deep and extensive roots.
The forces of a shared history, continued British migrations to Canada and family ties, our cultural inheritance from Britain, the education of many Canadians in the U.
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These elements remain vital underpinnings to one of the closest bilateral relationships that Canada has anywhere in the world. The experience of the last fifteen years has shown, however, that they are no longer sufficient to sustain the vitality of the relationship or provide a basis for its expansion.
Traditional and sentimental ties with Britain have now to be set against the recognition of considerable changes marked by Britain's increased role in the Europe of the past ten years and also of a Canadian preoccupation with its relations with the United States.
The two countries have, therefore, tended to grow apart, through no deliberate design, but by force of external circumstance.
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The changing ethnic make-up of the two countries and the simple passage of time since the Second World War have also played their part.
At the level of public perception, sentiments of active sympathy have progressively given way to benign indifference. At issue is our ability to interest and influence public opinion and attitudes.
One of the most important tasks of Sir Derek and me is that we do not become complacent, that we do not allow ourselves or others to take the relationship for granted. The broad political context in which we are called upon to fulfil this mission is undoubtedly conducive to success.
We - share with Britain common purposes in the collective defence of Western security and values, in the pursuit of improved East-West relations and viable arms-control agreements, in fostering economic development and political stability in the Third World, and in enhancing the opportunities provided our countries in the international trading system.
Britain and Canada are the principal material mainstays of the modern multiracial Commonwealth. At the recent meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in Nassau, we once again demonstrated that differences of view as to means could be overcome by shared goals, as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was able to draw upon the relationship of confidence and trust he has established with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in helping to forge a consensus on the thorny problem of South Africa.
Contentious issues do, of course, exist in our relationship with Britain, whether they concern the British Government's decision to withdraw from UNESCO, Canada's vote on a recent United Nations resolution on the Falklands, or the European Community's ban on the import of seal products.
These, however, pale when set against the host of bilateral and international questions on which we not only agree, but work together in close collaboration.
At all levels, contacts and communications are easy, informal, and friendly.
As High Commissioner to Great Britain, I could not ask for more congenial surroundings or circumstances in which to promote Canada's policies and interests. The High Commission in London does play a pivotal role in strengthening the reality of Canada in Britain as well as representing Canada in a number of multilateral organisations based in Britain. We daily strive to raise the Canadian profile and improve awareness and understanding of Canada through commercial, cultural, academic, and media promotional activities as well as maximising the benefits of the visits of cabinet ministers.
The fostering of people-to-people contacts and exchanges generally cannot be underestimated. Through ministerial presentations, seminars and advertising, we work to improve the flow of productive British investment capital and technology to Canada as well as maintaining our contacts with key members of the British business, banking, and investment communities. In supporting Canadian economic policy, we make representations and report on Canada-EEC trade relations and irritants, economic developments and the preparation for the next round of the MTN.
A further supporting economic initiative is to take full advantage of new Canadian immigration regulations and levels to increase the number of quality immigrants from the United Kingdom, particularly in the entrepreneur and investment categories. The High Commission also provides the fullest possible range of services to Canadian exporters in identifying and exploiting market opportunities in the U. To promote Canada's political and security interests, as well as emphasizing our distinctive role in international affairs, we pursue an active dialogue with the British Government.
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We keep our government informed on developments in British foreign policy, and external relations, in areas of importance to Canada and where Britain continues to play an influential role, especially Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean.
In London, we maintain and develop bilateral relations in the fields of defence, intelligence, national security and law enforcement. We support provincial initiatives in the fields of trade, investment, tourism, and public affairs, and, of course, maintain close contact with the Agents General of the six provinces represented in London. We also try to provide a full range of consular, passport, and information services to the thousands of Canadians who visit the U.
The reality of international diplomacy in a major world capital like London is, of course, somewhat different than the traditional "striped pants" perception that many people harbour. Thatcher came to power inshe instilled a resurgent U. Thus in foreign policy, British leaders have focussed on its big partnerships, namely the United States and the European Economic Community. You are familiar with efforts to improve relations with the United States on security, foreign policy, and economic issues over the last several years as represented by the recent British-U.
It would no longer try to go it alone. While the Commonwealth connection is certainly not dismissed, it no longer holds the primacy that it once did in U. Canada is an important member of the North Atlantic Triangle but we can no longer rely on shared heritage and cultural roots to define our relationship. We must respond to Britain's changing focus and shape our own goals in that context.
When we look at the challenge of our economic relations with the U. Future growth and trade will take place for the most part in those sectors that provide a healthy dynamism. It is here that Canada should look for opportunities to increase business co-operation-through investment, joint projects, technology transfers, licensing, and trade.
Furthermore, we must realise that, in a mature industrial and service-based economy, one cannot look at trade, investment, technology transfers as discrete elements.Is Canada Britain's trade answer post-EU?
They are so thoroughly interlinked that rarely can one do without the other. When I spoke a moment ago of the resurgent British nationalism, nowhere is this more apparent than in the goals of British content, whether in the North Sea oil infrastructure or in telecommunications.
This, again, underlines the importance of joint ventures and co-operation. Despite some recent decline, British high-technology industries are providing much of the drive in the manufacturing sector.
In southern England and parts of Scotland where the industry is concentrated, they are enjoying a buoyant prosperity. This sector has some notable characteristics similar to our own that provide obvious opportunities to co-operate.
In fact, there are more than agreements between Canadian and U.
There are many other important areas such as energy, nuclear technology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, instrument engineering, textiles, refineries, petrochemicals, automobiles and aerospace that provide opportunities for Canadian investment and co-operation. Unlike the lengthy and often difficult negotiations that are typically required to secure other multilateral free trade agreements, the creation of a CANZUK agreement could be relatively straight-forward.
CER has been a successful and uncontroversial trade agreement, ensuring continued close economic ties between Australia and New Zealand. It prohibits all tariffs and trade restrictions between the two countries and has measures to minimise market distortions such as export subsidies. Free flow of labour? This may seem controversial, particularly given the United Kingdom's recent decision to withdraw from the EU, which was partly a rejection of free movement.
However, polling by the Royal Commonwealth Society has found that the right to work and live in each other's countries has clear majority support in all four CANZUK nations. The poll found 70 per cent support among Australians, 72 per cent among Canadians, 82 per cent among New Zealanders and 58 per cent among UK citizens.
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Clearly visa-free travel is less controversial when it involves countries that share a common language, culture, heritage and economies at similar levels of development. Integration is almost a non-issue. This eliminates the need for an "ever-closer political union" and all the problems it creates.
As a result, Australia's institutions and democratic traditions would be preserved. And as all four CANZUK countries are liberal, market-based societies that value competition, trade and democracy, an agreement between these countries would not only strengthen our national sovereignty and liberal-democratic culture, it would help to promote these values around the world.