Island politicians want role in choosing governors

Leaders of UK overseas territories want a say in deciding how governors are chosen, according to a report in the Bermuda Sun.

The call is said to have been made by politicians from eight of the territories who met in Gibraltar to prepare for a summit in London later this year.

The article quotes Bermuda’s premier, Craig Cannonier, saying UK territories also wanted to see governors’ powers reduced:

“Governance of the territories is a hot, hot topic – how governors are chosen.

“I’m sure if you talk to Bermudians, most would like to see more choice in the governor or less powers or a more collective voice in what he does.”

However, he pointed out that most territories pay the salaries of their governors – unlike St Helena, which depends heavily on UK aid.

According to the article – headlined Back off Britain – the politicians also discussed opportunities for the territories to work together “and present a more united front to the UK government”.

Read the full article here.

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