Cayman’s proposals on constitutional changes are heading to the negotiating table.
On Thursday (22 November) Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin announced that discussions with the UK on the issue have been set for the first week in December.
“The dates proposed for the Constitutional discussion are Friday 7th of December for preliminary discussions, resuming on Monday 10th of December. Discussions will be held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on King’s Street in London,” said Premier McLaughlin.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday Premier McLaughlin shared that getting the UK to the table took some time.
“For the past six months, we have been in conversation with the UK on beginning these constitutional discussions. However, there have been considerable back and forth on how to progress these talks,” he told MLAs.
Government’s bid for constitutional changes was triggered after the UK Parliament voted to impose public beneficial registries on Overseas Territories, including Cayman.
“Our goal, and I believe the goal of everyone in this House would agree, is to put the Cayman Islands in the best possible position constitutionally to govern our own affairs, to resist constitutional overreach by the UK Government and Parliament and to continue to thrive and prosper as a modern, progressive and successful democracy,” said Mr. McLaughlin.
He said Cayman’s proposal has been discussed with the Opposition bench and both the Opposition Leader Hon. Ezzard Miller and his deputy Alva Suckoo will be accompanying him for the London talks.
“These proposals are not intended to secure the Cayman Islands independence nor is its intention to usurp the UK’s proper role in external affairs or to attain a degree of autonomy beyond the accepted status of the Crown Dependencies,” he said.
The discussions are set to begin following the Joint Ministerial Council meeting in London.
Following the Premier’s statement independent opposition MLA Kenneth Bryan said the Premier had not met with him on the proposal.
The premier countered that he met with the official opposition on the matter and he is willing to discuss the proposal with the George Town Central MLA one on one.
Read the Premier’s full statement here: