Joint Statement: UK Overseas Territories Leaders

July 24, 2015

Following the conclusion of their meeting in Bermuda, the leaders of the UK Overseas Territories issued a joint statement.

The UK Overseas Territories heads of Government are in Bermuda this week for the Pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting, which serves as precursor for the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council meeting to be hosted by the UK Government in London later this year.

Leaders attending the meeting include Premier of the British Virgin Islands Dr. Orlando Smith, Premier of Cayman Islands Alden McLaughlin, Premier of Turks & Caicos Dr. Rufus Ewing, Deputy Premier of Montserrat Dolmades Ryan, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands Roger Anthony Edwards, representatives from Anguilla and Gibraltar; while Ascension Island, Tristan Da Cunha, St Helena and Pitcairn are being represented remotely.

The statement said, “We, the elected Leaders and or Representatives of the Overseas Territories, met on 23rd – 24th July 2015, to discuss issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting [JMC], with UK Ministers to be held in December 2015 in London.

“The purpose of the Joint Ministerial Council is to implement the principles espoused in the 2012 White Paper on Security, Success and Sustainability and to agree at the ministerial level on collective issues between Overseas Territories Governments and the UK Government.

21 minute video of the OT leaders speaking with the media: 

“At the Leaders’ meeting held this week in the Bermuda, we discussed measures to secure our long-term economic futures:

  • Economic Diversification and Development – To build sustainable economies as stable banking sectors that are more resilient and capitalize on changing global trends. To seek innovative solutions, in partnership with the UK, to develop robust and effective infrastructure across all of the Overseas Territories.
  • Building Communities and Strengthening Families – To develop innovative health care and social services in the territories, including mental health services and the creation Overseas Territories Sports council.
  • Good Governance & International Affairs – To continue to uphold the principles of Good Governance in the administration of our respective territories and recognize the right of all people of the Overseas Territories to self-determination. To reiterate the UK’s constitutional responsibility for defending Overseas Territories in international forums amongst key stakeholders where the Territories have committed to meeting international standards.
  • Global Standards of Financial Regulation Accountability and Transparency – We continuing the fight against financial crime and continue to be responsible international financial centres that facilitate global trade and investment in line with the emerging global consensus.
  • Environmental Sustainability – As vulnerable small territories whose economies are dependent on environmental sustainability, and at greatest risk of climate change, we will continue our long history of caring for and nurturing our environments.

“We reaffirm our commitment and respect for the principles outlined in our Constitutions and will uphold our obligations to our electorate and the people we serve,” the statement concluded.

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  1. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Now that you all have been given your “Orders”….Go out and run your Country.

    • Can they all hold on to the apron at the same time, I wonder which one is the favorite child.

  2. Richard Winchell says:

    Climate change is noted and is a great concern shared by the people of islands and countries around the world. However it should not deter resources or reduce the effort required to actively manage and protect the species and diversity on our Island. Islands exhibited the greatest extinction rates long before the threat of climate change. We must do all we can now to protect the diversity of species and habitats, our best preparation for climate change.is a healthy and diverse environment.

  3. Oh,I see now says:

    Do they collectively have the power to tell big mommy across the pond NO when when matters of UK interest threaten the way we run our respective islands.What I have been made to understand is that the motherland can take control of any of the jurisdictions under its wing without having to give a reason.Not to say it will happen but it can if UK interest were strong enough followed by the phrase “it is for the greater good”.

  4. MAKE MY DAY says:

    Another FREE “all expenses” paid trip!! Ah…The good life!!

  5. Oh,I see now says:

    Onion juice you know what I mean don’t try to play me ,c’mon I’m trying to keep it relative.Would you be happy if I said (step motherland).