Cayman’s UK rep to attend hearing for Commons Select Committee

Eric Bush, Cayman’s representative to the United Kingdom, is scheduled to attend a hearing with the Commons Select Committee on Tuesday as part of the ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Overseas Territories.

The committee’s inquiry is looking into the resilience of the overseas territories, how effectively the FCO manages its responsibilities toward them, and how it envisages their future.

According to an announcement from government, Mr. Bush will provide further information about Cayman’s written submission. Those submissions call for things such as sufficient safeguards to protect overseas territories from constitutional overreach by the Houses of Parliament, that U.K. designates ministers in each relevant department to ensure that Cayman has total cross-Whitehall participation, and that the Cabinet Office make every effort to involve the Cayman Islands in all elements of Commonwealth engagement.

Premier Alden McLaughlin said he welcomes the review, especially in light of Britain’s imminent departure from the European Union.

“It is the right time for the U.K. Government and the Overseas Territories to review the way in which the relationships are managed and make real changes that will see a stronger Global Britain in which the Cayman Islands, and indeed all Overseas Territories, are an important part,” he said.

The committee has stated that this inquiry has been spurred by recent events that have strained the relationship between the U.K. and its overseas territories, including hurricanes, data leaks and Brexit.

A similar review was conducted in 2008, and the results prompted the U.K. to create and adopt the 2012 Whitepaper, which is the most recent U.K. policy document regarding its overseas territories.