Baroness Anelay promises to champion the interest of Montserrat

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                            Baroness-Anelay

The new UK minister for British Overseas Territories promises to champion the interest of Montserrat and other OT’s.

Baroness Anelay made the commitment in a letter to Premier Donaldson Romeo and other OT leaders, in the face of uncertainties over the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

In the letter, the new minister sought to soothe the fears of the OT’s, by stating that she was committed to the territories.

She also pointed to the upcoming Joint Ministerial Council meeting in London in November as the official political forum for communication.

However, it is unlikely that the uncertainties will abate before the JMC, as Britain appears likely to delay triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin exit talks formally until the new year.

She said as minister she would continue to champion the interests of the Overseas Territories across Whitehall to ensure their interests are fully taken into account.

Baroness Anelay also stated that she recognized the implication of Brexit for the overseas territories and the wide-ranging relationships they have with the EU.

In the letter, dated July 20th she highlighted that the previous prime minister made clear Britain’s commitment to fully involve the Overseas Territories as the country prepares for negotiations to exit the EU, in line with their various constitutional relationships.

Meanwhile, the implications of Brexit for Montserrat are still being debated.

Local economist Peter Queeley believes Montserrat should ask serious questions of the United Kingdom when negotiations begin on what assistance the island should get to cushion the impact of Brexit.

Mr. Queeley states that Montserrat was taken out of the European Union arrangement against its will since it did not have a vote in the referendum.

Therefore, he feels the UK should compensate Montserrat fairly since it stands to lose millions of euros in aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 4,2016                    News-at-six                Sargeant/H          1:46       BREXIT

Meanwhile, the implications of Brexit for Montserrat are still being debated.

 

Local economist Peter Queeley believes Montserrat should ask serious questions of the United Kingdom when negotiations begin on what assistance the island should get to cushion the impact of Brexit.

 

Mr. Queeley states that Montserrat was taken out of the European Union arrangement against its will since it did not have a vote in the referendum.

 

Therefore, he feels the UK should compensate Montserrat fairly since it stands to lose millions of euros in aid.