Foreign Office Minister welcomes new Constitution for Montserrat

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Minister for the Overseas Territories Henry Bellingham described the new Constitution as an important step forward for the people of Montserrat.

Speaking today the Foreign Office Minister said:

“I am delighted that the new Constitution for Montserrat has come into force today. This is a historic day and an important step forward for the people of Montserrat. The new Constitution includes provisions devolving significant new powers to the Government of Montserrat. I particularly welcome the provisions which strengthen the fundamental rights and freedoms of those living in Montserrat, as well as regulate public financial management and promote high standards in public life.

I am pleased that the close co-operation and hard work of the elected representatives of Montserrat and representatives from the FCO has resulted in a modern constitution which provides a sound basis for continued good governance in Montserrat”

The new Constitution is the culmination of a long process of consultation and negotiation between the governments of the UK and Montserrat which began in 2001.