If CANZUK is a great thing, why hasn't it been implemented?

Jun 2015
5,713
UK
#31
Who really wants this?
Let's be frank.
It's people in the UK who long for the Empire.

Canada is more culturally aligned to the USA, and has been for many decades.
Australia had a monarchy referendum for a reason - it's not as culturally "British" as it used to be. Yes,, it's political system is a copy of sorts of the Westminster system. It still plays and excels in British-origin sports like cricket or both codes of rugby. Even Aussie Rules is a variant of British-origin football codes. But there are fewer people there these days of British stock. AMongst white Australians, many Italians, Greeks, Serbs, and Polish have emigrated there in recent decades.

And would this be a political union? Or just economic?

New Zealand has never had an anti-monarchical movement like Australia, though it has its own identity now.
And why just these four countries? What about South Africa? It was, like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, a "white Dominion" of the Empire.

It's just a pipedream - and a minority of British people want this. I doubt it will gain traction in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
 
Aug 2010
16,168
Welsh Marches
#32
Who really wants this?
Let's be frank.
It's people in the UK who long for the Empire.

Canada is more culturally aligned to the USA, and has been for many decades.
Australia had a monarchy referendum for a reason - it's not as culturally "British" as it used to be. Yes,, it's political system is a copy of sorts of the Westminster system. It still plays and excels in British-origin sports like cricket or both codes of rugby. Even Aussie Rules is a variant of British-origin football codes. But there are fewer people there these days of British stock. AMongst white Australians, many Italians, Greeks, Serbs, and Polish have emigrated there in recent decades.

And would this be a political union? Or just economic?

New Zealand has never had an anti-monarchical movement like Australia, though it has its own identity now.
And why just these four countries? What about South Africa? It was, like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, a "white Dominion" of the Empire.

It's just a pipedream - and a minority of British people want this. I doubt it will gain traction in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
With respect, I think it is utter rot to say that people in the UK long for the Empire, and it really does get irritating when people repeat it. Normally it comes from people outside the country who at least have the excuse of ignorance. There is no pressure whatever for this idea in the UK, whether out of nostalgia for empire or any other reason.
 

AlpinLuke

Ad Honoris
Oct 2011
26,181
Italy, Lago Maggiore
#35
The main problem about CANZUK is that is would be a "union" [or something else] of a bit more than 130,000,000 inhabitants scattered around the planet. No ... it cannot work like EU. Overall because UK would represent about the 50% percent of the market ... so that the other countries of CANZUK would tend to export towards UK, not to import from UK. And this is not an irrelevant detail.
 
Feb 2016
4,342
Japan
#36
The OP was a false premise.
He claimed many people want it.

I’ve found no mention of it on this forum before until this thread.
Had never heard it mentioned by any politician from either country and after googling, can see it’s roughly 1-3 dreamers in each country toying with an idea.

The whole thing won’t work as -
Distance... two are on the far side of the globe to the other two.
Population imbalance - UK would comprise about 50%.
Military imbalance- the other three would end up as auxilleries.
Trade- minimal.
EU- impossible while uk is in EU.
0 demand from any country.

The only useful gain from it would be visa free travel. Which can be achieved with out economic and political union.
 

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