FCO: Preparing OTs For Possible No Deal Brexit

January 28, 2019

The FCO has been working “to seek to ensure that the UK Government and the Overseas Territories themselves are as prepared as possible for the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and that, wherever possible, impacts on Overseas Territories are minimised.”

This statement was made by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office  earlier this month, and comes as the United Kingdom is still trying to finalize Brexit, with the clock ticking down as the UK is set to leave the EU in eight weeks – on March 29, 2019.

“On Tuesday, the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, will return to the House of Commons to outline her Brexit plan B after plan A was emphatically rejected by lawmakers, over a number of crunch points including the notorious Northern Ireland backstop issue,” CNN report.

“The final lineup of amendments to be voted on will not be announced until Tuesday, hours before the latest Brexit debate and voting begins,” the AP report. “Several amendments are designed to delay Britain’s planned March 29 exit from the European Union or make a ‘no-deal’ Brexit impossible.”

“A no deal Brexit means the UK would leave the EU immediately on 29 March 2019, and there would be no agreements in place about what their relationship would be like in future,” the BBC note, while the Guardian report that “thousands of British companies have already triggered emergency plans to cope with a no-deal Brexit, with many gearing up to move operations abroad if the UK crashes out of the EU. ”

The statement from the FCO about Brexit and the Overseas Territories said, “The UK Government has explored the issue of citizens’ rights in the Overseas Territories, including the effect a no deal Brexit could have on these.

“British Citizen passport holders resident in the Overseas Territories will have the same rights as British Citizen passport holders in the UK post-exit, in any scenario including a no deal.

“British Overseas Territory Citizen passport holders will see no changes to their rights as a direct result of EU exit in either a deal or a no deal scenario. In any case, the UK Government stands ready at all times to make representations on this issue should the need arise.

“The matter of citizens’ rights is of particular interest to a number of territories. For this reason it has featured prominently in the FCO’s regular EU exit engagement with them. This includes via meetings with the London Representatives, Ministerial and working official-level correspondence, and as part of wider engagement with Premiers at the JMCs.

“A number of Government Departments are in close and regular contact with the Attorneys General of the Overseas Territories on a wide range of legislative issues relating to EU exit.

“This work involves seeking to ensure the Overseas Territories verify that domestic legislation in their jurisdictions can continue operating as normal from March 29 in a no deal scenario, and that it is compatible with all relevant UK exit legislation, including sanctions regimes.

“In addition to the Overseas Territory Attorneys General conference in Bermuda in February 2018, chaired by the UK Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, this engagement has consisted of close and regular contact at working official level.”

The statement from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. DeOnion says:

    Would have been nice to have heard about this from our own government ….

  2. tO DeOnion:
    Do not be too alarmed. That ridiculous behaviour is a part of their disrespect.
    Keep SLAVERY in mind.
    Major disrespect there…Nowadays, “they”are still the same. Their children are repeatedly raised with MAJOR DYSFUNCTIONALISM.

  3. Philip says:

    Likely say whats Brexit

  4. Trent Miller says:

    In Lord Ahamd’s reply letter, 2nd paragraph: We are the grass-roots campaign of BOT children (now adults) of descent, born before 1st July 2006, who are/have been denied the right to register our births and claim our unmarried Dad’s nationality/ citizenship through descent. We were born out of wedlock. The UK government gave the same right to the same sort of children/adults retrospectively in 2014. But it only applied if your father was born in mainland UK. We (BOT) were deliberately left out.

    We would welcome your readers support by asking their elected leaders & Governors to support a change in the law, and stop their own children of descent from being disenfranchised. Thank you.