UKIP's Commonwealth spokesman James Carver MEP has welcomed comments by Winston Peters, a New Zealand MP who was the first Maori Minister for Foreign Affairs and leads the New Zealand First party, who has called for a Commonwealth free trade deal to be struck after the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in the referendum on June 23rd.
James Carver MEP said: "I'm delighted to support this refreshing call from the other side of the globe, which underlines how the world is far bigger than the 28 EU member states, and how the UK's influence is appreciated further afield."
"I'm deeply ashamed of how we turned our backs on our Commonwealth Kith & Kin when we joined the EEC in 1973, and believe that the opportunity that "Brexit" affords us, and gives us a unique opportunity to re-engage with our Commonwealth colleagues. - The world is our oyster, but, if we remain inside the EU, our future is as a clam."
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage added, "Cameron spins a myth about leaving the EU. He is wrong. He doesn't believe in the country he is supposed to lead. The UK has friends across the world. Friends who are keen to welcome the UK back into the fellowship of independent trading nations".