While Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin reaffirmed Cayman’s strong ties to Britain last night (14 May,) he says independence is inevitable.
Speaking at Cayman’s Coat of Arms double jubilee celebrations in London the Premier hinted at the ongoing controversy between the Mother Country and Overseas Territories over public beneficial ownership registries.
He pointed out that in any family there are disagreements from time to time, but it has not shaken Cayman’s belief in its foundation as an Overseas Territory. However, he also addressed Cayman’s independence.
“We have been British for 360 years. I do believe independence, like my death is inevitable. But like my death I hope it not to be soon,” the Premier said.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking at the event, assured the UK Government was supportive of the Cayman Islands.
Cayman’s local celebrations kick off on Monday 28 May. The launch event, which is open to the public, will take place on the Glass House greens, Elgin Avenue, George Town and will feature local food and musical performances.