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Gov’t engages legal counsel over “direct rule” threat

The Opposition Leader in the United Kingdom says the offshore dealings uncovered in the Panama Papers are enough to consider imposing direct rule on British Overseas Territories. Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin calls that move preposterous.

Cayman has still not been linked to any material in the leaked documents about shell companies but has faced pressure for years about issues related to reporting beneficial ownership of companies.  Jeremy Corbyn is leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party. In attacking offshore investments, he suggested overseas territories should face the prospect of direct rule by London in order to impose greater tax transparency.

Premier McLaughlin says Mr. Corbyn’s statements demonstrate a lack of appreciation of constitutional law and the relationship between the UK and its territories. The premier went on to say he was surprised to hear this champion on oppressed peoples reverting to the worst excesses of 18th century colonialism.

The Premier believes the UK government does not share Mr. Corbyn’s “misconceived views.” “However, I wish to make it clear I take the threat of ‘direct rule’ carried by Mr. Corbyn most seriously. Indeed we have engaged top constitutional counsel in the United Kingdom to defend the interests of these islands through legal challenge and representations to the United Nations, should that become necessary.”

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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