Sounds good doesn’t is?
Boris backs call for Kiwi freedom in UK
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.
Neat! Who wouldn’t want the option of easy access to Britain, and hence Europe? But, hang on…
[A report] 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.
In my opinion opening up NZ to Britain’s millions would be a terrible idea. In the short term it would throw fuel on the already insane house-price fire, pricing Kiwis even further out of their own homes. In the medium term there is an even bigger issue. As the effects of climate change bite hard it is going to become apparent that NZ is one of the best and safest places in the world to live. We are going to want good control of our own borders when the climate change migrations start.
[PS: So of the Commonwealth countries, this access is being considered for Australia, NZ, and Canada. Why would it be OK for those three countries to have such free access to Britain I wonder? There’s something very similar about them, but I just can’t put my pale white finger on it. It’s a mystery…]