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UK Caribbean Relations Remain, Assures British High Commissioner For The Region

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): British High Commissioner to the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados Victoria Deane is giving assurances that the UK’s exit from the European Union will not affect the relations between the UK and Caribbean.

According to a June 28th statement from the British High Commission in Bridgetown, Deane said, “The re-energised partnership between the UK and the Caribbean, launched by my Prime Minister on his visits to the region last autumn, will continue. As he said then, “We want to help the Caribbean on their path of development – supporting economic growth and creating new opportunities for people living here”. That has not changed. The UK remains the largest bilateral donor to the region.”

The British people on Thursday (June 23) voted in favor of the UK leaving the 28-member EU.

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron in September 2015 announced that the UK government was providing £300 million in funding for Caribbean infrastructure projects.

The United Kingdom’s Caribbean Infrastructure (UKCIF) Programme was ratified in March of this year.

Commissioner Deane said, “Our cooperation with the Caribbean is an important part of who we are and what we do. Our close cooperation and partnership is underscored by our deep links, bonded by our shared values and through our close linguistic, historical, cultural and political ties. These are essential to our relationship and will not change.”

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