The debate over the visa rules of the UK have been reopened by British MPS who now argue that Europeans are being favoured unfairly at the expense of those from countries of the Commonwealth like New Zealand and Australia.
This is as a result of a report which made claims that restrictions on visas had led to s sharp reduction in migration of Australians to the UK in recent times.
Andrew Rosindell the MP for Romford wants visa system reforms which are going to put additional restrictions on immigration in Europe and not exclude or alienate people from nations with closer and longer links to history with Britain.
He stated that when a person is looking to live, study, work, or visit the United Kingdom, being from a nation in the Commonwealth or being from one of the realms of Her Majesty should count for something. However it appeared to not count for anything at the moment.
He is supporting calls made recently by Boris Johnson the Mayor of London for mobility zones that are bilateral between Commonwealth nations that are economically developed and stated that the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand were in support of the move.
He also wished to see at Heathrow and other airports a special Commonwealth queue which would permit people having passports from former countries of the Commonwealth to have a fast track through immigration.
A report which was compiled by the executive director of Commonwealth Exchange a think tank Tim Hewish alleged that because of visa restrictions migration of Australians to Britain dropped to 26,000 in 2011 from 40,000 in 1999.
It made recommendations permitting people of New Zealand and Australian nationalities to work in and travel to Britain and Britons to work and travel in those two countries reciprocally. Canada also had a similar argument made for it.
John Key the prime minister of New Zealand stated that the move would be welcomed by him but stated that there was no likelihood that it was going to take place this year because of the UK general elections which were forthcoming.
Also pointed by those in favour of the suggestion was that all three countries shared a common legal system and a common language and have common familial bonds and cultures.