UK did not need to clear Premier Meade’s Ecuador Statement on Decolonisation

His Excellency the Governor of Montserrat Adrian Davis, said over the weekend the United Kingdom does not have to authorise statements made by the Government of Montserrat.

Davis was responding to recent reports that the Premier Meade’s May 30th statement in Ecuador requesting that the United Nations remove Montserrat from its Decolonisation list was done with the approval and consent of the UK Government.

Governor Davis said in last Wednesday’s monthly press briefing that the position of the UK on self determination is that they will “respect the rights of the people in any Overseas Territory as expressed in a referendum.”

{FILE IMAGE - (L) Gov. Davis & (R) Premier Meade} The full text of the governor’s statement follows: “His Excellency the Governor would like to make it clear that the statement that the Honourable Premier made to the UN Committee on Decolonialisation in Ecuador on 30 May was not cleared with the UK Government. Indeed we would not expect in general that statements made by the Government of Montserrat would be cleared with the UK Government.”

Premier Meade told the UN group that the people of Montserrat see themselves as part of the UK family by choice and recommended that the island be removed from their “list of non self governing countries, within their Decolonisation discussions. I am also certain that the UK supports our stance.”

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