A new Prime Minister, and a changing of the guard at the Foreign Office, is a chance to change tack on the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Posts Tagged: British Overseas Territories
It would be responsible for promoting the British brand right across the country – and there is a lot to promote.
David Snoxell: The International Court of Justice may put more pressure on the UK over the Chagos Islands
The Government’s long rearguard defence of the British Indian Ocean Territory has reached a higher theatre than I ever expected.
The UK “will leave the European Union. We will then begin a new chapter in our national life.” May’s letter – full text
“I will be campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”
The current rules blur the line between fishing waters and properly-protected areas, and our Overseas Territories need more support.
J.P.Floru: In defence of tax havens. May’s threat to the British Overseas Territories is un-Conservative.
Do we really want them either to declare independence, or else become benefit claimants, funded by British taxpayers?
Matthew Offord: The UK’s work on protecting the oceans has won deserved praise – now we must go further
The Blue Belt policy of working with UK Overseas Territories to “create the largest marine sanctuaries anywhere in the world” is succeeding.
While we still have a commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of our GDP on foreign aid, I would much rather see such funds allocated to our Overseas Territories.
Keima Allen: I came here after a natural disaster in an Overseas Territory. Hurricane Irma suggests that we’ve learned nothing since.
One way to ease their relocation to the UK would be to suspend the two-year Habitual Residence test on British Citizens living abroad.
Cameron’s insistence on binding Britain to the OECD has undermined not just May’s vision for overseas development, but his own.
Iain Dale: Feel for the Grenfell judge. Nothing he could say or do would appease those who claim to speak for the victims.
Plus: I miss the Liberal Democrat conference. I miss the beards. I miss the sandals. I miss being asked for a discount on a 50p postcard…