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MP Rosindell blasts 'direct rule' for BOTs as 'unnecessary and unjust'

Friday, April 8th 2016 - 05:07 UTC
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“I feel it would be both unnecessary and unjust to impose direct rule and force BOTs to raise their tax rates”, and leaving other nations and their OTs untouched. “I feel it would be both unnecessary and unjust to impose direct rule and force BOTs to raise their tax rates”, and leaving other nations and their OTs untouched.
I have been a firm supporter of the right of Gibraltar and the Falklands to remain self-governing British sovereign territories as long as its inhabitants wish to do so. I have been a firm supporter of the right of Gibraltar and the Falklands to remain self-governing British sovereign territories as long as its inhabitants wish to do so.
“Direct rule” statements are based on a complete misunderstanding of how British territories and dependencies are governed as democracies today “Direct rule” statements are based on a complete misunderstanding of how British territories and dependencies are governed as democracies today

A UK member of Parliament has come out strongly in support of the British Overseas Territories praising their economic success and the right of their peoples to govern and decide their own future. MP Andrew Rosindell, Chairman of the BOT and Crown Dependencies all party Parliamentary groups described suggestions from some senior figures in Westminster calling for 'direct rule' over BOT's as unnecessary and unjust, based on a complete misunderstanding of the situation.

 The statement by Andrew Rosindell MOP, Chairman of the BOTs and Crown Dependencies All Party Parliamentary Groups follows,

”On Thursday 7th April 2016, Andrew Rosindell M.P. issued the following statement in support of the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies as follows:

“Issues raised by the release of the Mossak Fonesca papers, (otherwise known as the ‘Panama Papers’) has led many to levy deeply unfair and unjustified criticisms against Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. Indeed, some senior figures in Westminster have made the regrettable announcement that they believe Her Majesty’s Government should consider imposing direct rule on the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

“I find such statements based on a complete misunderstanding of how British territories and dependencies are governed as democracies today. As self-governing territories it is firmly within the right of British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to choose to operate as low-tax, well-regulated economies in a world where nations have adopted a wide variety of tax rates, many of which are lower than our own. Given the lack of evidence proving wrongdoing by the Governments of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, I feel it would be both unnecessary and unjust to impose direct rule and force Britain’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to raise their tax rates, while also leaving other nations and their territories untouched.

”The UK should be proud of how our territories and dependencies have succeeded in developing their own economies and in being mostly self-sufficient, not requiring financial help from the UK taxpayer. Those who suggest direct rule would destroy their economic success and undermine democracy and the right of the peoples of these territories to govern their own land.

“As Chairman of the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies All Party Parliamentary Groups, I have seen how these territories and dependencies have played a leading and highly constructive role in working to improve international transparency on taxation and have actively committed to meeting international transparency standards. Territories such as the British Virgin Islands have implemented highly stringent regulatory systems and have adopted many of the initiatives developed by international standard setting organisations. I was therefore pleased, yet not altogether surprised, to see that last year the Overseas Territories were awarded the same standard of transparency by the OECD as the U.K., Singapore and Germany.

”The British Overseas Territories are proud of their British heritage and their status as self-governing territories. I have long believed in the right to self-determination, and hence have been a firm supporter of the right Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands to remain self-governing British sovereign territories as long as its inhabitants wish to do so. However, those who have asked that H.M. Government imposes direct rule, against the wishes of the inhabitants of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, fail to realise that it would not only be an unfair and unwarranted move, it would also raise the spectre of British imperialism and risk alienating one of Britain’s most cherished relationships.”

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  • Pete Bog

    “it would also raise the spectre of British imperialism ”

    Good point Andrew, note how most people with a fixation and criticism of British Imperialism (that they cannot see, finished out a long time ago) suggest actions that themselves are Imperialist-case in point-Spain, Argentina and now Corbyn -in theory anti-Imperialist but in reality, seeking the anti-democratic Imperialist subjugation of BOTs.

    Apr 08th, 2016 - 10:16 am 0
  • falklandlad

    Well put Mr Rosindell. Thank you.

    Apr 08th, 2016 - 11:32 am 0
  • Livepeanuts

    Excellent, the UK has many different parts which go back in to remote pasts and have evolved in their own way, and the rule of the politicians in London would be not welcome directly on most parts of the British populations even in Great Britain.
    However it is also important that we find ways of bringing all the different opinions to one place in order for our complex nation to advance in to the future with the consensus from every one of those parts, and to find agreed ways in which the whole nation can be stronger and continue to prosper.
    We should all see ourselves as part of the same nation for the benefit of the same nation. In this context it is hard to believe for instance that some parts seemed to be siding recently with Argentina!
    We must develop a patriotism and unite more, specially if we are to manage one day the vast resources of Antarctica and make sure that after all the work put in by our forefathers to give us the relative prosperity and freedom which we have now, we don't give it all away to other Europeans because we weren't prepared or intelligent enough to unite and defend what is ours.

    Apr 08th, 2016 - 11:50 am 0
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