OTs ‘Made Clear’ They Hoped UK Would Remain

July 6, 2016

The Overseas Territories “all made clear that they hoped we would remain part of the European Union,” Baroness Hooper said yesterday [July 5] in the House of Lords during the Motion to Take Note of the outcome of the referendum.

The UK referendum on June 23rd saw the British vote — by 51.9% — to leave the European Union.

Baroness Hooper, a member of the Conservative party, said, “There are a few particular issues I wish to raise in the context of negotiating the new relationship.

“The Overseas Territories, for which we have responsibility — 11 tiny territories, from Bermuda, now the largest, to Pitcairn, the smallest — all made clear that they hoped we would remain part of the European Union.

“The one most greatly impacted and the only one geographically within the European Union is, of course, Gibraltar. The people of Gibraltar are still in shock, because the result of the referendum puts at risk Gibraltar’s current successful economic model and exposes it to new threats from Spain.

“There are two key issues for Gibraltar: the freedom to provide services and a free-flowing frontier. I hope, therefore, that my noble friend Lady Anelay, in her unenviable task of winding up this huge debate, can give us some reassurance that Gibraltar will also be able to participate in the negotiations and will form an integral part of whatever agreement is worked out between the United Kingdom and the European Union.”

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  1. Onion Juice says:

    Go Independent then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Just the Tip says:

      It is not that simple

    • wahoo says:

      OJ you can’t even run a bake sale by yourself, just shut up.

    • Onion Juice says:

      And I bet de ones that dislike come from Independent countries.

    • Family Man says:

      But then we might get stuck with the Donald Trump/Marine Le Pen fanboy party and we’ll have to serve onion juice and bitter coffee at all our functions.

  2. Rhonda says:

    How did Bermuda make it clear.We weren’t ask..

  3. Ashley says:

    As far as I’m concerned it’s not what we want, it’s what the UK wants. Of course they are going to act in their best interest and they should, we really shouldn’t hate on them for that. A lot of people are exaggerating the negative effects of Brexit it’s time to relax, and realize that there are positives.

  4. Terry says:

    Britain 0

    European Union 1


  5. Watcha Mean says:

    From the article, it is abundantly clear she is mainly discussing Gibraltar. Further she is requesting they have a say in if and when Art. 50 is invoked.

    As an Overseas territory that is directly affected they should have a seat at the table.

    So it is indeed what Gibraltar also wants. Additionally to blithely say the negative effects of BREXIT are exaggerated is to place one’s head in the sand and hope for the best.

    Companies are planing exit strategies, some pre-Brexit, many post-Brexit. The GBP is now in free fall, that is not an exaggeration.

    Most economists view the uncertainty of the British economy with a healthy dose of (to put it mildly) scepticism and are advising accordingly.

    This is but the tip of the iceberg. Finally if you think the UK (whatever that means because Northern Ireland & Scotland, will most likely leave the Kingdom if Art 50 is invoked) will garner favourable treaties from other non-EU nations, its time for a rethink.

    What is the number one UK export… Oil… who owns the Oil… Scotland. What’s the number two export… services, from Banks and the Legal Sector, investors are already viewing the fall in currency and the uncertain economy as not short term, but the norm for the foreseeable future. They will look elsewhere for these types of services.