Premier Alden McLaughlin has said the Conservatives’ victory in the United Kingdom elections is a “good result” for the Cayman Islands and the other British Overseas Territories.
He sent his congratulations to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party on their general election victory Friday.
“It is not without relief that we have learned that the Conservatives won the majority of the national vote in yesterday’s (Thursday’s) United Kingdom general election and that Boris Johnson has returned to Number 10 Downing Street,” said McLaughlin in a statement.
The ruling Conservative Party captured 365 seats in the House of Commons, its best performance since the party’s icon Margaret Thatcher clenched victory in 1987.
Vote totals showed Friday that Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his team had won 203 seats, 59 fewer than it won two years ago.
McLaughlin, in his statement, congratulated Johnson on what he called a well-fought campaign.
He said he looks forward to working with Conservative government in the coming year.
“We believe that a win by the Conservatives is a good result for the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories,” the Premier said. “The Cayman Islands has had a positive and productive working relationship with several Conservative governments over the years and I look forward to meeting with the Prime Minister early next year and working with him and the new Government on issues important to the UK and the Cayman Islands, including completing the important reforms to our constitution.”
It was under the leadership on the Conservative party that Cayman was able to secure changes to the constitution which included a mandatory requirement for the UK to consult with the premier on any legislation or Orders in Council that may directly impact on the Cayman Islands and that Cabinet signify its view on the legislation or Order.
The changes also include provisions removing the governor’s power to write legislation and standing orders, as well as the right to disallow any legislation. It will also see the Legislative Assembly renames as Parliament of the Cayman Islands.
Those changes were recently passed in the Legislative Assembly and are expected to be confirmed by the Privy Council next February.